Alhaji Abubakar Maigandi, National Vice President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Wednesday disclosed that there will be scarcity of petroleum products in Nigeria as some depots have stopped loading-trucks.
He went ahead to state that the ongoing #EndSARS protests which had resulted to crises and chaos across the country has stopped marketers from transporting their loaded trucks.
He explained further that the truck drivers have decided since petroleum products are highly inflammable to park their trucks in safe places across the country.
He also pointed out that there’s nothing to replace petroleum products such as fuel since consumers buy it on a daily basis and so this might lead to scarcity, since the marketers do not hoard products, which likely means there won’t be reservoirs to rely on during the period of scarcity.
When asked whether there is any fear of scarcity, Maigandi said;
“definitely, because some of the depots are not loading due of insecurity.
“The ones that have already loaded parked their trucks in the yards so that protesters will not set them on fire. There is no way you can have sufficient fuels in the filling stations because we don’t do hoarding.”
The IPMAN National Vice President urged the protesters to dialogue with the Federal Government for the amicable resolution of the crises.
He asked them to embrace the olive branch because of the economic losses that emanate from the crisis.
“The EndSARS issue is a Nigerian issue so the protesters and government should dialogue over it for a lasting solution. Nigerians (both government and the governed need to have attitudinal change. So, it is better to dialogue. “