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Fuel: Marketers plan 24-hour service during Easter

Motorists queue for petrol at a filling station on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway ...on Sunday.

The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria has advised its members to embark on a 24-hout service at their filling stations across the country during the Easter festive period.

The Executive Secretary, MOMAN, Mr. Obafemi Olawore, was on Wednesday quoted as saying that major marketers had been instructed to make petroleum products available to consumers during the festive season, a development which brought about the 24-hour initiative.

“We have instructed all major oil marketers’ stations to operate 24-hours service during the festive period to enable everybody to have access to petrol,” the MOMAN scribe said.

He said MOMAN members would discharge over 77,000 metric tonnes of petrol in Lagos and other cities during the Easter period.

While giving an assurance that marketers now had enough product stock to go round the nation, Olawore said, “Between now and the weekend, we will have over 75,000 metric tonnes of petrol to be discharged at Apapa Jetty to enhance effective flow of petrol during the Easter festivity.

“We want to implore Nigerians not to engage in panic buying during the festive period as we have enough petrol in stock to take care of the country.”

Olawore said that additional 775,000 metric tonnes of petrol had been scheduled to be discharged next week.

He said that about 95,000 metric tonnes of petrol was also expected at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s depots.

He said, “It is obvious that with the huge number of petrol expected and currently discharging in the jetty, Nigerians don’t need to engage in any form of panicking.

“We appeal to all major marketers stations to avoid hoarding of petrol in their own interest, because we will not hesitate to sanction any errant marketers.”

“Some MOMAN vessels will also discharge petrol at the eastern part of the country through Owerri refinery,’’ Olawore said.

He explained that MOMAN members had promised to bring into the country more vessels to wet the nation with petroleum products.

According to him, MOMAN will do everything possible to eradicate queues from filling stations across the country.

The country has been battling with cyclical fuel scarcity as supply has not matched up with the demand in the past few weeks and marketers have blamed the delayed release of fuel import allocation for the crisis.

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the heat of the fuel scarcity, had accused marketers of diverting petroleum products to other markets and for other purposes.

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