May 10, 2021

Fuel scarcity looms as depots stop loading fuel amid #EndSARS protests

Due to the nationwide unrest arising from #ENDSARS protest, scarcity of petroleum products is impending in Nigeria as some depots have stopped loading-trucks for fear of being hijacked while on transit.

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN ) National Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Maigandi, disclosed this information on Wednesday.

He said that the #EndSARS protest and the resultant crises have stopped the marketers from transiting petroleum products to filling stations.

According to him, since petroleum products are highly inflammable, the drivers decided to park their trucks in safe places nationwide.

He explained that since consumers buy Petroleum products on daily basis and there is no replacement, there is bound to be a scarcity of petroleum products.

Maigandi further said the marketers do not hoard Petroleum products so there will be no reservoirs to turn to upon the exhaustion of available stock.

When asked by a journalist, if there is any fear of scarcity, he said “definitely, because some of the depots are not loading due of insecurity.”

“The ones that have already loaded parked their trucks in the yards so that protesters will not set them on fire. There is no way you can have sufficient fuels in the filling stations because we don’t do hoarding.”

The IPMAN National Vice President, Danladi Passali, urged the protesters to dialogue with the Federal Government for the amicable resolution of the crises.

He asked them to embrace the olive branch because of the economic losses that emanate from the crisis.

In his words, he said, “The #EndSARS issue is a Nigerian issue so the protesters and government should dialogue over it for a lasting solution. Nigerians, both government and the governed, need to have attitudinal change. So, it is better to dialogue.”

Tens of thousands of Nigerians have taken to the streets for more than two weeks to protest against police brutality and harassment.


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