Petrol Now Selling At N170 Per Litre In Zamfara State!
A few gas filling stations that are still operational in Zamfara state have resorted to selling petrol at N170 per liter, even after they were severely warned over hiking the price above the government approved N145 per liter.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the regulatory task force; Kaduna Zonal Operations Office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has moved to place a temporary ban on at least 13 filling stations that were observed selling above the approved rate in the past weeks.
The Leader of the said task force, Mr. Aliyu Usman, reported that selling petrol above price was one of the challenges they are facing aside the scarcity of the product.
“We also observed various malpractices such as hoarding and diversion of the petroleum products, under dispensation and neglecting guidelines on safety of operational facilities in most of the stations.
“Based on our findings, a majority of the filling stations are involved in one of two malpractices, we are going to continue with these inspections in Zamfara to ensure effective compliance by the marketers of the commodity.
“We will make sure that we put marketers in check because the consuming public are suffering and DPR will not continue to allow some unlawful marketers to make things difficult for the people.
“That the major cause of the increase in pump price of petrol as against the official price of N145 per liter was the increase in price from the supplying private depot.
“Most of the filling stations selling the commodity beyond government official price are getting it from private depots and they don’t sell the commodity as directed by the Federal Government.”
The Chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Gusau Depot Branch, Alhaji Sirajo Kamba reacted to the allegation by explaining their challenges and concerns.
“Even the DPR is aware of the price changes from them, as mandated by law, DPR should monitor our business activities, it is also mandated to check the excesses of the private depot.
“We got the product between N139 and N140 per liter from the private depots against N133 as directed by the government and this is the major reason for the hike. And you know we cannot run at a loss. We have been calling on the Federal Government to investigate and address these issues.”
The chairman also said the above mentioned is responsible for the delay of supplying the commodity from government depot which in turn has led the independent marketers to patronize private depots whose prices are higher than the governments.
He urged the government to review the current system of supplying the commodity, to reduce its cost to the end users.
Recall that Petrol was initially reduced to N85 per liter in January 2015 before the price was increased to N145 in May 2016, due to the current importation policy.