Fuel Scarcity: IPMAN Faults FG, NNPC Solutions to Build Mega Stations
An international oil businessman and member of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Chief Benjamin Ijegbudu, has faulted Federal Government and NNPC plans to build Mega filling stations across the three senatorial districts in the country to end fuel scarcity, saying, doing so is not a solution to end the epileptic supply of PMS to the Nigerian public.
Ijegbudu, who is the Chairman/CEO Edi-Jen Group Nig. Ltd, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Kaduna when he said the only way to end the inconsistent fuel supply in Nigeria is to establish new refineries.
He also stated that carrying out repairs or turnaround maintenance on the existing old refinery equipments would no longer solve the Nigeria’s fuel scarcity problems anymore. “Doing any repairs or replacement of spare parts on existing refineries is like joining old and new cloths together and sewing it for someone to wear. The old part will tear away too early,” he said.
According to him, refineries all over the world have gone beyond repairing old equipments to something high tech, which requires new equipments and facilities rather than the colonial refining companies in Nigerian.
He said oil marketers should be paid adequately so as to sustain the importation that would make the product available until new refineries are built.
He also concord with Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on the issue of removal of subsidy in February this year, adding that doing so without a reliable local refining of the product would lead to further hike in fuel price and more hardship for lack of availability.
It would be recalled that federal government planned to remove oil subsidy totally this year as fuel scarcity still lingered in Kaduna.