Osun NSCDC Bursts Filling Stations Hoarding Fuel

By Nofisat Adeoye

Personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Osun State Command has bursted some filling stations hoarding petrol and selling above the normal pump price.

While raiding the filling stations in Boripe, Ifelodun and Ilesa West and East Local Government Areas of the state, the Anti-vandal squad swooped on some stations selling at N150 or N160 respectively.

During the operation at Boripe and Ifelodun LGs, the NSCDC officials arrested one Abdul-lateef Okunlola in Ikirun and one Lukman Jimoh was apprehended in Iragbiji for refusing to sell the product by employing delay tactics.

“On interrogation, he told the Corps that he has been ordered by his boss not to sell. On further interrogation of the boss, he (boss) mentioned that he gave the instruction because he has no trust in the manager.

“The Corps in Osun State is determined to ensure and prevent petroleum marketers from taking undue advantage of the public especially during this Yuletide season.

“Economic sabotage will not be tolerated from any person or group of individuals. NSCDC therefore, appeal for collaboration and cooperation to stem out this unpatriotic act.

“Along Ilesa axis, fifteen (15) stations were visited among which were, Seahawks International Ltd, Babsak Energy Solution Ltd and Dohadson Global Investment Ltd. The Corps is determined to bring erring marketers to book to serve as deterrent to others.” a release signed by corps public relation officer, Babawale Afolabi NSCDC reads in part.

Meanwhile, members of the public have applauded the action of the Corps. They revealed that the filling stations have been selling above Government price.

NNPC Discovers 144 Trucks Of Hoarded Petrol

A monitoring team comprising of security agents and officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have discovered 144 trucks of petrol not streamed by some marketers in Kano.

The NNPC Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Ughamadu said “Sequel to the discovery, resurfaced trucks have been sent to discharge their products at designated locations.

”Of the 144 trucks discovered, 26 were for Katsina, while 118 trucks were to discharge their products in Kano and its environs.

”NNPC warns marketers across the country to desist from acts that may heighten supply gaps noticeable in some remaining parts of the country.

“Security agencies have been detailed to go on the trail of any marketer who may be hoarding products.”

NLC President Responds To Ongoing Scarcity

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, in response to the ongoing fuel scarcity, said yesterday in Abuja that the various excuses given by government, as reasons for the fuel scarcity are not acceptable.

He said: “The NLC considers this scarcity as an act of cruelty and sabotage from which a few privileged are benefitting. The timing of this artificial scarcity is not lost on us, as it is intended to maximise pain and profit, since it is a well-known fact that the Christmas season witnesses the biggest movement of people, goods and services.”

Ayuba reiterated that the congress equally considers the scarcity as an insult to the collective pride of all good Nigerians. Also, NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, said that the confusion in the downstream sub-sector of the Nigerian oil and gas sector was established when the price modulation based on petroleum products import regime was introduced.

“Nigerians will be bear us witness that we canvassed against the introduction of price modulation; we said it was going to fail. Our argument then was that there was no way a price modulation regime can work in an environment that is import dependent. It would be recalled that the NLC staged protests against the move, but we were ignored. Today, we are back to the same turf. The scarcity we are witnessing now is not new. It started two years ago technically.”

The Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Abdukadir Umar, said there are no plans to increase fuel price.

“We want to use this medium to assure all Nigerians that there is no need for apprehension or panic buying. We are confident that the NNPC, being a major supplier of petroleum products into the system and the supplier of last resort, can ensure uninterrupted supply of petroleum products into the market and the corporation has given assurances in that regard.”

Persisting Fuel Scarcity, PDP National Chairmanship, Southwest Integration and Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The annual ritual of persisting fuel scarcity in the year end is back again but with twists and turns from stakeholders across the country with the Federal Government giving a marching order to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu to end the rising issue by weekend. Here are how some National Dailies captioned it today;

Starting with the Nigerian Tribune with the Headline, FEC to Kachikwu: End fuel scarcity this week with council ordering both the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and the Group
Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru to end fuel scarcity by this weekend.

The Guardian reports the story with the headline; FG blames fuel scarcity on external demand with the government blaming the situation on increased demand by nations in temperate regions.

Away from Fuel matters, The Independent has it that EFCC Plans to Pick Four Chair Aspirants at PDP Convention writing that the party is seriously worried that the planned arrest is being planned by the anti-graft agency to take place at Eagle Square on Saturday.

Daily Sun also has an headline on the PDP with the caption; PDP Chair: North dumps Southwest with the riders Uche Secondus is top runner as Ladoja looks good for deputy chairman, Makarfi, Okowa, others meet IBB in Minna.

Still on Politics, Vanguard leads with Why I’ll Win Again In 2019 – Buhari. Moved by the outpouring of affection from the people of Kano State at the beginning of a two-day official visit, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday vowed to overwhelm any opposition to his undeclared 2019 re-election prospects.

Finally from The Nation Newspaper comes a double banner headline of Southwest States United On Constitution Amendment as Governors Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) met in Ibadan to ratify their common stance on all issues billed for amendment.

Fuel Scarcity: Senate To Undertake Nationwide Inspection Of Filling Stations, Summons NNPC GMD

 

The Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream says plans have been concluded for it to conduct nationwide inspection of filling stations over recent fears of fuel scarcity in the country.

Committee Chairman, Senator Kabiru Marafa stated this at a news briefing shortly after an investigative hearing on the matter on Tuesday in Abuja.

Marafa said the Senate would not watch some unpatriotic persons put Nigerians through any form of hardship, particularly during the Yuletide.

He noted that although the Senate had adjourned to commence budget defence, members of the committee would take time out to embark on the oversight.

According to him, the committee members would be regrouped into sub-committees to make it possible to visit all the states.

“First things first, this season a lot of Nigerians will be travelling to reunite with their love ones.

“We will take time out to embark on a serious oversight. We will break into sub-committees to be able to cover the entire country.

“We have already mandated the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to furnish us with the daily distribution list.

“This is to enable the sub-committees to be armed with detailed evidence of which filling station was given what quantity of fuel.

“We will also get these details from the filling stations to ascertain when last they got supplies and the quantity sold.

“We will not stop at that. We will also inspect tanks in filling stations to ensure that Nigerians are not taken advantage of,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the committee has summoned NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru to appear before it on Thursday, having failed to appear on Tuesday.

“Immediately the issue came up, we contacted NNPC to know the situation of things and we were told that the rumours were unfounded and that they have written rejoinders to that effect.

“However, given the seriousness of the matter, we decided to invite the GMD to come and brief us on the development and to enable Nigerians know the situation of things.

“Unfortunately, he wrote informing us of his inability to honour the invitation.

“We hope he will be back by Thursday to tell Nigerians the true situation. Even if he cannot make it, he can send people that are in good authority to speak on his behalf.

“There is an Executive Director in charge of Downstream who oversees the downstream generally. There is also the Managing Director of Petroleum and Product Marketing Company.

“So, whatever it is by next tomorrow (Thursday) we will be able to tell Nigerians what the situation is like and what the Senate is going to do in the event of any eventuality,’’ he said.

He warned filling stations in the habit of hoarding fuel to inflict untold pains on Nigerians to desist as it would not be business as usual.

He assured that the Senate would work with relevant agencies of government to punish any filling station found wanting.

Looming Fuel Scarcity and Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Away from the #EndSARS and Atiku Issues, Nigerians woke up on Wednesday with the news of the looming fuel scarcity in the country as national dailies caption it in different ways.

The PUNCH captions it; Consumers Groan In Lagos, Abuja as fuel scarcity worsens with the rider, Senators to inspect filling stations, summon NNPC boss as reports have it that many of the private depots in Apapa, Lagos, where many marketers get petroleum products from for distribution to other states, did not have PMS while those who had were doing “skeletal loading.”

It is however cast on The NIGERIAN TRIBUNE with the story reading IPMAN blames NNPC, accuses it of favouring DAPPMA- As long queues resurfaced in the country on Tuesday, marketers have blamed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for the situation.
The GUARDIAN also reports the fuel scarcity story as Stop Panic Buying, NNPC tells Nigerians as queues persist with the NNPC urging fuel consumers across the country to desist from panic buying, assuring that it has enough stock to meet the needs of consumers.

 

Moving away from Fuel Issues, The NATION has it on its front page that PDP Governors Plan “Unity List” to stop IBB, Jonathan. Part of the story reads; To have a rancor free convention and install the national chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors will compile a “unity list” of candidates who delegates will vote for.

Fuel Scarcity Impedes Southwest

The Southwest branch of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has threatened to withdraw services, following the introduction of Bulk Purchase Agreement (BPA) fee by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

If the marketers make good their threat, it will spark another round of petrol scarcity in the region.

The association yesterday lamented the introduction of BPA, noting that petroleum marketers were usually exempted from payment of such fees.

It warned that the introduction of a five-year BPA fee by NNPC may set it on a collision course with its members.

The Chairman, IPMAN Ibadan Depot, Raheem Tayo, confirmed the development to Osun Defender , adding that the NNPC’s decision was unacceptable.

 

Source: The Nation

Ambode Appeals To Residents Over Fuel Scarcity, Power Outage

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday appealed to residents to bear with government over the lingering fuel crisis and power shortage across the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde.

“Lagos State consumes more than 40 per cent of the fuel and energy needs of the country and therefore appreciates that the impact of the scarcity would be felt more in the state,” Ambode said.

He urged residents to remain calm, orderly and law abiding, assuring them that government was doing everything possible within its power to find an immediate solution to the crisis.

According to the Governor, “I share the pain and discomfort of Lagosians.

“I assure them that the Federal Government is deeply touched by the situation and is working round the clock to alleviate the suffering of the people.”

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Fuel Queues To End In Lagos, Abuja, By Thursday – Kachikwu

The Minister of Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu on Tuesday assured residents of Lagos and Abuja that the long queues being experienced will disappear Thursday.

Kachikwu, who spoke when he visited the office of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, in Abuja, also added that the situation in Sokoto, Warri and Port Harcourt will improve by weekend.

The minister stated that efforts were ongoing to end the lingering fuel scarcity in the country.

“We have to take the right policies to see that things are done well,” he said.

“I hope that tomorrow slash Thursday, queues in Abuja must have cleared. Hopefully the same thing will happen in Lagos. By weekend, we will see same in Sokoto, Port-Harcourt, Warri and others.”

DPR Announce Arrival Of Petroleum Products Order For NNPC, Marketers

The Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Mordecai Ladan, yesterday raised Nigerians’ hope on availability of petrol with the announcement that consignments ordered by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and major oil marketers had started arriving the nation’s ports.

Major Marketers had withdrawn from the importation of products as a result of difficulty in accessing foreign exchange until the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) collaborated to give them easier access to FOREX.

He broke the news to reporters after inspecting an NNPC affiliate station in Gwarimpa and the Oando Petrol Station on Obafemi Awolowo Way, Jabi, beside Karimo Road fly over in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The director also shut down the Oando Petrol Station over suspected adulteration of its fuel.

Ladan had led the enforcement team of the department to the station after a tip-off that it had refused to sell its product.

On arrival, the DPR team discovered that although the station had about 9,000 litres of petrol, it refused to sell to the long queue of motorists that had spent the whole night at the filling station.

But the station’s attendants complained that their pumps were faulty and could easily pack up after dispensing product for a few minutes.

Following the inspection of the pump and the content available at the station, Ladan sealed the station up, saying: “For this station, we have almost 9,000 litres underground but the pumps are not responding to drawing this fuel from the ground. That means that there is a problem.

“The problem is that adulteration is suspected. That is why we are calling on the pumps to withdraw from this station pending when we carry out our investigations.

“We have sealed it. It is going to be quarantined until the necessary inspection and assessment is done and we know how to go from there.”

According to him, the product must have been mixed with extraneous substances that were heavier and affecting the pump.

Most of the motorists who had queued for fuel overnight lamented that the station was playing pranks, adding that it was in the habit of selling fuel above the recommended pump price to black marketers at night.

One of the motorists, who identified himself as Tosin Bright, said: “I came here at 4.30 am. Look at the time; it is now 2.30 pm but I have not gotten fuel while those that came with plastic cans between 9 and10 am have bought fuel.”

Another customer, Adisa Olutayo, said “once it is night, they adjust the pump. They sell to kegs and in the morning they revert to the normal pump price.”

Commenting on the fuel situation, Ladan said: “In the first stations we visited, which is NNPC in Gwarimpa, they have more than enough products to last for four days. From the inspection we carried out, they have more than 200,000 litres; that could last into Monday next week.

“We are appealing to the public that they should not panic because these products are already arriving and lifting is going on from the coastal depots into the hinterlands. So very soon, the situation is going to normalise. “There is more than enough that the government has ordered, both by the NNPC and the marketers.”

Fuel Scarcity: We Will Soon Overcome The Challenge – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has asserted that Nigerians did not elect President Muhammadu Buhari to give them excuses.

Mohammed made this assertion on Friday, while in Adamawa State as part of the presidential entourage led by the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, attending the wedding of the son of the Adamawa state Governor, Sen. Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow.

The minister reassured Nigerians that the ongoing nationwide fuel crisis would soon be over.

“Yes, we appreciate the feelings of Nigerians. We also go through it, because we are not immune to it. As a responsible government, a government that was propelled to power by the votes of the people, we cannot give excuses but empathise with them. And this government is working 24 hours to ensure that this problem is resolved,” Mohammed said.

The minister who said Nigerians did not elect them to give them excuses however stressed that the All Progressive Congress led administration as a responsible government was doing everything to ease the current suffering resulting from fuel scarcity.

He said the federal government was working to ensure that in two weeks time the commodity was made available in all parts of the country and alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians.

According to him, the government had already taken some steps in that direction.

He said, “some short term, some medium term and some longer term, because the question will be what are we doing to alleviate this problem, because that is what concern Nigerians.”

Some of the measures he highlighted included the government’s appeal to oil majors to make forex available to their companies operating in the downstream sector of the oil industry, adding that the difficulties encountered in getting foreign exchange was partly to blame for the fuel crisis.

He added that once the government got this done it would solve the problem of the fuel hiccups.