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Queues floor in Abuja as depots hike value to N710/litre

Fresh queues for Premium Motor Spirit, popularly referred to as petrol, surfaced in Abuja, elements of Niger and Nasarawa States on Friday, following the closure of many filling stations operated by unbiased entrepreneurs.

Dealers closed their stores resulting from their lack of ability to entry petrol because of the hike within the ex-depot value of the commodity to N710/litre by personal depot homeowners.

Motorists besieged the few stations that distributed petrol on Friday, significantly these operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and a few main oil entrepreneurs in Abuja and neighbouring states.

This led to huge queues in retailers, such because the NNPC mega station on the Gwarimpa axis of the Zuba-Kubwa Expressway, Conoil and Total filling stations straight reverse the headquarters of NNPC within the Abuja metropolis centre, and Salbas filling station on the Dei-Dei finish of the Zuba-Kubwa expressway, amongst others.

Independent oil entrepreneurs, who personal over 70 per cent of filling stations throughout the nation, blamed the hike within the ex-depot value of petrol as distributed by personal depot homeowners.

The National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Abubakar Maigandi, instructed Saturday PUNCH that non-public depot homeowners had raised the ex-depot value of PMS to N710/litre, whereas the pump value of the commodity at NNPC retail stations was N617/litre.

Maigandi mentioned, “The present scenario is a results of how the personal depot homeowners have been promoting their merchandise. It has been very troublesome for unbiased petroleum entrepreneurs to get the product and promote it in Abuja and neighbouring states, in addition to in different states within the North.

“So, the queues you might be seeing now are due to the price of PMS by personal depots. The personal depots are promoting at N710/litre, however when you examine the worth of the identical product at NNPC stores, it’s N617/litre.

“Therefore, by the point the unbiased entrepreneurs purchase from personal depots and convey it to our filling stations, we will be unable to promote our product as a result of our value value is already so excessive, whereas the associated fee at NNPC stores is way decrease.

“And you know that when we buy it at the rate of N710/litre, we have to add transportation cost again because there is no equalisation. And when we add the cost of transportation, the pump price is going to be higher than the N710/litre ex-depot price, whereas NNPC stations sell at N617/litre.”

Maigandi defined that due to the widespread variety of stations operated by IPMAN, any distortion within the provide of merchandise to members of the group would result in gasoline queues as a result of main entrepreneurs and NNPC stations have been fewer in quantity.

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On whether or not IPMAN members can not get direct PMS provide from NNPC, as a substitute of shopping for the product from personal depots, he replied, “That is what we have now been negotiating with them (NNPC), they usually promised us that they’ll begin giving us our allocation.

“They have began, however the amount is small in comparison with the variety of stores operated by IPMAN nationwide. We are getting merchandise from NNPC, however the quantity is just too small for our members.

“So, we are requesting additional volumes because, in Abuja alone, we have over 250 retail outlets belonging to IPMAN members. This is just for Abuja. We have not talked about Niger, Kaduna, and other states in the North, not to mention the number nationwide.”

Maigandi, nevertheless, acknowledged that the queues for petrol weren’t pronounced in distant villages, including that “when you go to the villages, you will see that there are no queues.”.

“But in the city centres, where you have NNPC stations selling very cheaper than the N710/litre price, you will see queues there, as well as in front of the few outlets that have products to dispense.”

The IPMAN president mentioned petrol was not scarce, as there have been sufficient volumes in-country regarding what was imported by NNPC – Nigeria’s sole importer of the commodity.

“There is no scarcity. There is the product. The queues are caused basically by the market challenge, as I have explained to you. But as soon as we get products from NNPC or at fairly good prices, we will dispense and the queues will vanish,” he acknowledged.

Officials on the Federal Minister of Petroleum Resources confirmed that there was sufficient product in-country, and acknowledged that the market had been deregulated.

“It is a deregulated downstream oil sector, so dealers buy and sell based on demand and supply. There is enough product from NNPC. There is no scarcity,” an official on the ministry, who requested to not be named resulting from an absence of authorisation to talk on the matter, acknowledged.

Another official at NNPC assured motorists that the queues would filter quick as a result of the corporate had sufficient product in-country.

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