..Blame Crisis On Russia/Ukraine War,Others
Member Companies of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) have empathized with Nigerians over the current fuel crisis in the country as they blamed shortfall in distribution of the product on a number of factors including the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.
They said this in a statement made available to media houses.
The statement reads in part, “Nigerians would recall that the on-going Russian / Ukraine War has adversely affected the whole world, including our country Nigeria, impacting negatively on global and local fuel and food supply, as the international prices of these items have risen astronomically and have more than doubled their old rates since the beginning of the war, thereby causing extreme increases in local prices.
“By extension, the local running costs of operating our various fuel depots have gone up astronomically. The petrol we supply, is sourced, solely from NNPC Limited’s marketing subsidiary, Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited (PPMC) for sale to the public at the regulated price of N165 per litre.
“This purchase is made by Depot Operators with funds sourced with high bank interest charges, alongside increased costs of hiring vessels, with which we deliver the fuel cargoes to our depots. These costs have doubled within the period of this Russian/Ukraine war. Added to this is the scarcity of bunkers (ship’s fuel). We also experienced astronomical increases in the cost of diesel used to power equipment and machinery in our various depots and our retail outlets.
“Depot Owners and the Government have continued to struggle over time to sustain supply of PMS at the current pump price of N165 per litre despite the huge subsidy cost to Government and abysmal margins to the Depot owners.
But for its suspension, the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 would have provided an ideal enabling environment by creating the free market in which demand and supply would affect fuel pump price.
We hereby assure the public that Depot Owners, working in concert with NNPC Limited, through its marketing subsidiary, will continue to work hard to ensure availability of products nationwide”