By Udeme Clement
Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, has called on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to give kerosene supply to major oil and independent marketers to ensure efficient distribution of the product in all retails outlets across the country to prevent scarcity.
The executive Secretary of MOMAN, Mr. Femi Olawore, said this in an exclusive chat with Vanguard, adding that the product is already scarce in the market. He said the few service stations that have kerosene sell at a very high price to the final consumers.
He said: “NNPC has not given major oil marketers any kerosene supply this year 2010.
So, through your medium we are appealing to them to please give us kerosene so that we could also distribute the product because we have enough capacity to receive and distribute with a view to crashing down the price of the product for everyone to afford it.
“We appealed to NNPC and they assured us that they were going to give us the product. But surprisingly they have not given us since then.
“That is why we are still appealing to NNPC for supply of kerosene. I do not know those they give, but all we are saying is that NNPC should give us kerosene so that the supply chain could be consistent, since this product is used in almost every home.
“We are not importing kerosene at the moment. If you import kerosene you would not get any thing.”
Any body bringing in kerosene into this country now is actually bringing in aviation kerosene, which is of a high quality and high price. government wants NNPC to bring in kerosene at a subsidised rate, which is belong N50 per litre, so that people would buy from them and sell at the rate of N50 per litre to the end users. But it does not happen that way.
If we import, we would not sell at N50 because the landing cost is already above N50 per litre. So, if government is not paying subsidy on the product, it means we would not be able to do what NNPC is doing.”
He said, “already there is scarcity of kerosene because people are getting the product at a high price.
We are saying that if NNPC imports it should give the kerosene to all those running retail outlets, major marketers, independent marketers, independent marketers, depot owners, so that we could distribute to the final consumers at affordable price.”