By Balogun Alabi,
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has appealed to Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to revive all rusty damaged tanks in depots across the country, in order to increase fuel storage capacity to 200 trucks daily.
It also urged FG to ensure effective repairs of all the dilapidated storage facilities within the western zone to beef-up storage and loading capacity to at least 1million trucks on daily basis.
The association decried that, the reason for the appeal was that it realized that only one storage tank out of nine installed at the Ejigbo Satellites Depot in Lagos State was working effectively, which was not sufficient for petrol distribution.
According to IPMAN, the spoilt facilities had also contributed to fuel scarcity across the country and the long queues of trucks waiting to be loaded, adding that could barely load 50 trucks fom the depot due to the rusty storage tanks.
Addressing newsmen on Monday in the State, the Ejigbo satellite depot chairman, Alanamu Ayo, said that the depot was only able to load between 15 and 17 trucks daily before it was repaired, noting that the amount of trucks loaded per day was not enough to cater for customer’s needs.
“Government should ensure effective repairs of all the dilapidated storage facilities within the western zone to beef-up storage and loading capacity to at least 1million trucks on daily basis,” he said.
Ayo stressed that if the government was able to repair the depots, it would address recurring fuel challenges, including scarcity in the country.
The chairman stressed that if the depots were fully loaded with petroleum products, marketers would work 24-hours to ensure that the product gets to every part of the states.