The scarcity for Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) still persist in most parts of the country, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr. Ibe Kachikwu on Monday said the trucks conveying the product were being diverted to Cameroon and Chad.
He stated this in Lagos at a town hall meeting, said the fuel scarcity had persisted mainly because the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation could not track the trucks being used to convey the product to filling stations.
The minister further said that the trucks transporting fuel across the country is not being traced. He said that the ministry was working to install trackers in each truck and register the depot and filing station they were meant to supply in a bid to stop the diversion of the product.
He said, “Over 30 per cent of (fuel) supply is diverted. For example, in the last five days, we have pumped 400 trucks of product into Lagos State. The total consumption (in the state) at the maximum is 250 trucks; most of those trucks are diverted from Lagos to the hinterland of Chad and Cameroon.
“We need, literally, a whole army to stop this from happening. So, I continue to supply and over-supply and so we struggle.”
The minister appealed to Nigerians to report any case of fuel diversion they know about, adding that the task of tackling fuel scarcity could not be left to the government alone.
Source: The Punch