Kwara State chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers of Association of Nigerian (IPMAN) has declared that the scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in Ilorin, and its environs for the past few days is caused by the leadership crisis rocking Petroleum Tankers Driver (PTD) in Saki, Oyo State.
The Ravens NG gathered that no fewer than ten fully loaded PMS tanks belonging to NNPC, BOVAS and RANOL meant for public consumption in Ilorin and its environs, were seen impounded at NNPC depot Oke Oyi outskirts of Ilorin Friday morning because of the crisis.
Alhaji Abdulateef Kamaja, State Chairman of IPMAN, made it known in Ilorin on Friday that the union crisis that led to the burning of houses and petrol tankers in Saki was said to have prompted the state leadership of PTD to stop petrol tankers from coming to Saki, in order not to escalate the crisis.
“Besides this development is barbaric, how should a crisis in Saki deny the innocent people of Ilorin access to Petroleum products? We have to address this press conference to let the public know what is truly causing the present fuel scarcity.
“I’m hereby calling on the stakeholders, particularly our government to intervene so that the people of Kwara State would not continue to suffer for a matter they know nothing about,” he commented.
He also added that Federal Government has stopped supplying them with PMS, the development which affected the buying and the selling price negatively.
He explained that the current buying price of the PMS is between N186 and N190 from Lagos saying it is higher than the selling price of N180 per litre at the pump price.
Kamaja also said that the Federal Government has stopped sending Petroleum products to the Ilorin NNPC depot since last year in November because of the fuel bunkering that was discovered along the route.