Kerosene scarcity begins in Lagos

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The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says there is no single drop of Kerosene in any of the private stops and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC) in Lagos.

The National Chairman, Surface Tank Kerosene Peddlers (SUTAKEP) Branch of NUPENG, Mr Rotimi Benjamin, talked in a meeting with newsmen in Lagos.

Last consignment was last conveyed to the stop on December 27.

Benjamin, who is likewise the Vice-Chairman of NUPENG, Lagos Zonal Council, said that shortage of Kerosene had made its cost to go up, consequently making it unreasonably expensive for the masses. He encouraged the Federal Government to go to the guide of the masses, who couldn’t bear the cost of cooking gas, by making Kerosene accessible at the stops and filling stations.

The NUPENG boss stated, “It is extremely tragic that things are going on this way; for as far back as two weeks, there is no supply of Kerosene to any of the stops in Lagos.

“The two refineries in the nation have not been pumping kerosene to the terminals.

“This has constrained the marketers that have the item in their stations to expand it by more than 60 percent.

“This is not the opportune time for our refineries to stop Kerosene production, as everyone can’t rely on upon gas.

“Basic man can’t manage the cost of barrel and cooking gas. Our moms in the town rely on upon Kerosene, a fundamental family unit item, to cook.

“Government ought to address the issue and mitigate the sufferings of the masses by making the item accessible,” he said.

Nonetheless, a source reports in Lagos that most stations in the city did not have the item in the stock. Few filling stations with the item were offering it at excessive costs extending from N285 to N300 per liter as against the official cost of N83 per liter.

Some kerosene customers in Lagos spoke to the Federal Government to help the masses by making the item accessible for them at a decreased cost.

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