By Isa Kajuru, Kaduna
The last might not have been heard regarding the recurrent scarcity ofÂ petroleum products, particularly, Premium Motor Spirit popularlyÂ called petrol.This is because the owners of mega petrol filling stations haveÂ threatened to shut down operations following an alleged imposition ofÂ a lower pump price on them by the Nigeria National Petroleum CompanyÂ (NNPC).
Members under the Mega Filling Station Owners of Nigeria (AMFSON) inÂ Kaduna hinted this in KadunaÂ on Thursday.
Specifically, the association is accusing the Group Managing DirectorÂ of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and Minister of StateÂ for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu as having directed that all mega
filling stations sell fuel at varying rates of N130.00, N135.00,Â N140.00 per litre, while their competitors sell at N145 per litre.
National Secretary of the association, Mr. Kenneth Nwachukwu said: â€œWeÂ are kicking against a directive by the Minister of State for Petroleum that we sell fuel for less than N145 per litre. We are all marketers
and we get supplies at the same source and at the same price.
â€œWhy should we be made to sell at N130, N135 and N140 per litre whileÂ others sell for N145 per litre? With this pronouncement by theÂ Minister, we foresee a looming fuel scarcity because we may have to
shut operations nationwide. â€
â€œWe also see fuel scarcity because some unscrupulous marketers wouldÂ rather get their supplies and sell in the black market at N145 thanÂ take the fuel to their stations and this will cause another crisis in
the retail chain.â€
â€œWe have never seen this kind of policy. In fact it will increase Â corruption which government is fighting tooth and nail to stop. â€
â€œSome people are already bribing their way at the depots and officialsÂ there are selling to them at a price lower than the official one.
These people can afford to sell at a price lower than N145. But we buyÂ at official price and as such cannot be forced sell lower than N145,â€Â he added.