A Niger Delta Non-Governmental Organization, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), on Monday raised alarm that some unscrupulous independent marketers have been diverting their petroleum allocations to neighbouring states for vending at cut throat prices.
Comrade Sheriff Mulade, National Coordinator, CEPEJ, in a chat with Independent Newspapers added that other independent marketers and even stations managed by Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC, were hoarding their allocations and peddles same to black marketers to the detriment of motorists and other users.
While charging Delta State Government to ensure proper monitoring of the distribution of petroleum products within the state to guarantee the availability of petroleum products to Nigerians, underlining that Nigerians were weltering in hardship as a result of the acute fuel scarcity.
‘’To say that Nigerians have been hard hit by the shortage of petroleum products is merely restating the obvious. Many small and medium industries have been grounded due to this perennial fuel scarcity. A market survey has shown that the prices of consumables have gone up due to increase in transportation.’’
The NGO calls on the government to put together a crack team to oversee the monitoring of the distribution so that fuel meant for the state is not taken to other state (s) and to ensure that defaulters are made to face the wrath of the law no matter whose ox is gored to serve as a deterrent to others.
It equally calls on the federal government to step efforts at revamping the four refineries with a view to ensuring availability of petroleum products thereby stopping importation.
independent marketers have been diverting their petroleum allocations to neighbouring states for vending at cut throat prices