Depot owners and petrol marketers in Lagos zone say there is need for government to increase supply of Premium motor spirit to help avert another round of scarcity.Officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) again embarked on monitoring the level of product supply by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as petrol is yet to get to other states across the federation.
Energy correspondent, Tolulope Ogunjobi reports that it has been a consistent cycle of depression for most Nigerians who have had to endure the hardship associated with fuel scarcity as motorists are made spend long hours at petrol filling stations.
This development marred the yuletide season as with travellers and motorists searching for the elusive product.
As this continued, the NNPC, the only importer of the product at the moment, maintained that they have enough petrol to meet the demands of end users.
But a fact-finding mission by the officials of the DPR confirms that there is still a shortfall in the supply received from the state oil company.
The DPR team sailed through the high sea to get to the depot. They moved from the Ijegun area of Lagos to Ibafon and noticed most of the major depots visited did not have the products in stock.
Trucks drivers were also seen waiting for the petrol. Marketers said they are not finding the situation funny as it threatens their businesses.
As the blame game continues, industry experts want the government to come out with clear cut policies that will encourage private importers to take part in the importation of products to help stabilise the present situation.