Stakeholders in Port Harcourt have urged the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and other relevant agencies to ensure availability of products to ease transportation during the yuletide.
Some motorists and residents of Port Harcourt gave the urge while speaking in separate interviews with The Tide in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
The respondents said relevant stakeholders in the oil sector such as the National Union of Petroleum, Energy and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Tanker Drivers Union, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) should synergise to make petroleum products available during the yuletide.
A commercial motorist, Mr Akanimo Udosein, who spoke with our Energy correspondent, said. “As we enter into the festive period, we want to ensure that everybody moves freely, we, commercial drivers, are ready to do our job, but the fear is that there should be no scarcity of fuel to obstruct our duties”.
Another commercial driver, Mr Victor Idebeh, also appealed to the government and other stakeholders to ensure that petroleum products are made available to make life easy for the people.
“This period, a lot of people travel home to meet their relatives, it will be difficult for people to travel if there are no petroleum products, I want to appeal to the government to regulate the system to avoid scarcity of products. If this is done, the transportation will be easy”, he said.
A stakeholder in the oil and gas sector, Mr Ali Nyorbana, however said that the best way to avert scarcity of petroleum products, during the festive period is for the NNPC to supply the products to marketers as at when due, while the marketers should not hoard available products for excessive gains.
He noted that most of the fuel scarcity experienced during the yuletide is artificially created, for pecuniary gain, leading to hike in transport fare.
He said: “We have come to understand that most of the difficulties experienced during the yuletide, especially in transportation is not as a result of lack of fuel but the penchant for cheap gains. This can be corrected if proper check is done by relevant authorities to avert this negative trend”.
On his part, the chairman of the Port Harcourt Refinery depot of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Comrade Inimgba, assured that petroleum products would be made available during the yuletide.
By: Taneh Beemene