By Matthew Denis
The Western Zone of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN)
has called on the Federal Government to facilitate resumption of loading activities at Oke-Oyi, Ilorin Depot.
The zonal chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Debo while speaking to Pilot Business at the weekend, said that the issue of fuel scarcity in the country will become a thing of past, if loading activities resumes in every NNPC depot.
According to him, there has not been loading activities at the Ilorin depot over the past one year, saying that the development has affected fuel distribution in the western and north-central zones.
He said, ” We are calling on the Federal Government to intensify efforts to ensure that fuel loading resumes at Ilorin depot, as this will assist in ensuring supply of PMS and other products across the region.
Earlier, the Nigeria’s Mosimi oil depot resumed loading after almost a year, when a major pipeline was vandalised last year May.
The resumption of loading could help the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) cut losses that stemmed from the damage, as trucks had to drive from Lagos to replace the pipeline, said Maikanti Baru, group managing director of the NNPC, in a statement.
The NNPC also plans to bring back online pipelines from the city of Kaduna to Kano, Jos and Suleja, Baru said, though he gave no further details, adding that theft, sabotage and other attacks on oil product pipelines are a major problem for the NNPC.
Last year, militant attacks on facilities in the Niger Delta region cut Nigeria’s oil production by as much as a third.