Fuel Scarcity: marketer faults NNPC on Mega Stations
By; Amos Mathew, Kaduna.
An international oil businessman and member of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Chief Benjamin Omale has faulted Federal Government’s plan to build Mega Filling Stations across the three Senatorial Districts in the country to end fuel scarcity, saying doing so is not a solution to end the epileptic supply of PMS being contemplated by NNPC.
Benjamin disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Kaduna saying the only way to end the inconsistent fuel supply in Nigeria is to established new refineries.
He stated that carrying out repairs or turnaround maintenance on the existing old refineries’ equipment would no longer solve the fuel scarcity problems.
“Doing any repairs or replacement of spare parts on existing refineries is like joining old and new cloths together and sew it for someone to wear. The old part will tear away too early”, he said.
According to him, refineries all over the world have gone beyond repairing old equipment to high tech which required new equipments and facilities rather than the old refining companies in Nigerian.
He said oil marketers should be paid adequately so as to sustain the importation that would make the product available until new refineries are built.
He also concurred with Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on the issue of removal of subsidy this year, adding that doing so without a reliable local refining of the product would lead to further hike in fuel price and more hardship for lack of availability.
It could be recalled that federal government planned to remove oil subsidy totally this year as fuel scarcity still lingers.