FG, NARTO convene today to tackle fuel crisis

Following long queues resulting from the scarcity of premium motor spirit persist nationwide, the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has said that it will meet with government today to secure a sustainable remedy.

According to the association’s National President, Yusuf Lawal Othman, some haulage companies have been compelled to stop their operations as business environment is now unbearable.

Acknowledging the efforts by the Nigerian Midstream Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Othman said the association understood the process would take to unravel the challenge, but anticipates timely intervention from government.

“Some of our members already parked their trucks because the business is no longer sustainable. We have made our stand known to the government and we are hopeful that the matter will be resolved very soon. We understand the time because the NMDPRA will need to report to its board as well as engage with the minister of finance,” Othman said.

Meanwhile, the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) yesterday noted that the association was working with the regulatory authorities and the NNPC towards a resolution of the current fuel crisis.

As contained in a statement, yesterday, the marketers said its subject matter experts were active contributors to the technical and commercial committees’ setup by the regulatory Authorities to re-stock fuel supplies, resolve the blending of contaminated products and identify losses suffered by customers, operators and third parties.

“MOMAN’s committee of chemists are also working with designated laboratories to double check the quality of product (re-blended or new) before they are released into the fuels supply chain.

“Most importantly, MOMAN members have committed resources towards enhanced operations and associated activities to reduce the burden of the current fuel scarcity to our customers.

Towards this purpose, MOMAN members shall extend opening hours of jetties, depots, and filling stations to a minimum of 18 hours a day and where possible up to 24 hours a day in high density and flagship locations where the security situation permits,” the group said.

Furthermore, member companies of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) have ascertained the public that depots and retail outlets will lengthen hours of loading till the situation stabilises.

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