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PETROAN decries poor supply of petrol, proposes sea transportation

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The Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria (PETROAN) has decried the poor supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to its members.

National President of PETROAN, Billy Gillis-Harry, on Monday, expressed his concerns in an interview on Channels Television.

“The issue is simply a dearth in supply, difficulty in ensuring that supply meets demand. And I believe NNPC themselves are doing the most they can to try to bring succour to the Nigerian public. But I think it needs to move faster,” he said.

“There is no other difficulty that we can trace to this issue. We really can only supply to the public what we have been supplied by NNPC, knowing full well that we are not importers of PMS and there is no production of PMS in Nigeria from our local refineries.

“Right now, if we’re hearing our senior partners talking about road construction as a reason, we need to all sit-down and find a way around it.

“If you ask me, I would say we can do better than that because if two billion litres is sitting down somewhere, there are so many ways that we can be able to transport the products. We can go by a marine (for instance).”

Recall that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) last week blamed the poor supply of PMS on the ongoing road projects in Lagos, insisting that it has a national PMS stock of over two billion litres, equivalent to “over 30 days of sufficiency.”

The PETROAN boss decried a situation where one billion litres of PMS is “sitting down” and its members are unable to pass it on to the next person in the distribution chain.

He said if the product was available, the retail outlet owners should be able to access it, adding that they were ready to do everything possible to help.

Addressing the fuel price hike, Gillis-Harry stated that PETROAN has a bulk purchase agreement with NNPC such that the corporation was duty-bound to sell to its retail outlet owners.

“But don’t forget that the 21 depots in the country today that are owned by Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) are not functioning well because the refineries are not working and pipelines connecting these depots are not working well,” he said.

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