By Ojhe Efe-Fashe
THE scarcity of petrol is expected to be eased up in Lagos and its environs, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC said it has resumed loading at Ejigbo.
Ejigbo depot is a major reception infrastructure which holds a significant quantity of products, serving Lagos State and other states in the south-west. Confirming the development, Chairman Ejigbo branch, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Alamu Ayo, stated that the association had begun supply of petrol after the confirmation of receipt from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
According to him, the current scarcity witnessed across the country was caused by the non supply of petrol to the depot by NNPC. “Throughout last week we did not receive any product from NNPC, and this is the major supply channel that pumps products to other areas, so this largely contributed to the resurgence of queues across the state.
At the moment, we are doing 80-90 trucks a day and if supply is steady and at the pace we are going, the queues will begin to disappear” he said.
Meanwhile, the NNPC said it plans to build more depots across the nation to tackle the prolonged fuel scarcity in the nation. While inaugurating the board of one of its downstream companies in Abuja, NNPC Retail limited, NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said that the additional outlet to be established by the corporation with already existing 23 depots nationwide would ease products supply and distribution in the country.