THE Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has said that the incessant reoccurrence of the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, is going to continue until the country starts refining petroleum products domestically and halts complete reliance on imports, oil marketers have said.
This, they said on Friday, was because the challenges association with the imports of refined petroleum products had been on the increase lately, particularly since the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces in February last year.
They insisted that the government must strive to commence in-country refining of products in order to ensure product availability and sustainability.
“The crux of the whole issue of petroleum product supply is the lack of refining capacity that we don’t have in the country,” the Deputy National President, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Zarma Mustapha, told Punch.
He added, “If we cannot be able to develop enough refining capacity in the country, this persistent on-and-off fuel scarcity situation will not end.”