FOLLOWING THE SCARCITY OF PETROL IN ILORIN, kwara state capital, black marketers on Friday made motorist to
pay through their nose to get the products as a litter of
petrol now sells at N200 per litter.
This followed sudden closure of private filling stations in the
metropolis after the Department
of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Thursday vowed to enforce
the sale of the product for official pump price of N87
against N100 which most filling stations sell the product .
Investigation showed that a litter of petrol at the black
market now sells for N200 while some filling stations also
sell for N150. Many petrol stations were shut to motorists
the premise that they had ran out of stock.
No advance reason was given for the impromptu closure of
the stations. At few stations where fuel otherwise known as
premium motor spirit (PMS) were sold, desperate motorists
were seen scrambling to buy the product.
This came barely 24 hours after the Kwara State office of
the Department of Petroleum
Resources (DPR) held a meeting with the leadership of the
Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria
The DPR had decried the salle of the product at most filling
stations at the unauthorised price of N100 per litre of
against the official pump price of N 87 per litter.
The state DPR Operation Controller, Engineer Amos
Jokodola, who spoke with members of the 2015 Press
Committee of the Kwara State council of Nigeria Union of
Journalists (NUJ) in his office ,vowed that the department
will enforce the sale of the product at the official
pump price of N87 per litter .
He said drastic measures were being taken to ensure that
the affected marketers dispense at
the official price while failure would lead to heavy sanction.
The DPR boss told journalists that his men had been
deployed to monitor the activities of petrol
stations, warning that stations found to be under-dispensing
to unsuspecting users of petroleum
products would be fined N100,00 or have stations closed
down for one month.
Jokodola said the shortage of fuel supply being experienced
was not peculiar to Kwara, pointing out that the problem
persists due to the refusal of major marketers to import the
He warned that the department would not tolerate
unpatriotic attitude of some marketers who also found to be
“The challenge we have in Kwara, for now, is very low
supply. Instead of 35 trucks per day, we get 12 or 13
trucks. The consumption rate of
Kwara is 1.3million. What we get now is even below 50
percent consumption of PMS in the 16 Local Government
Areas of the state. We don’t have adequate PMS supply to
the state. Some of these marketers say they go to private
source or buy. They buy at N96 or N97.
“They should showed us the documents so that we can
challenge the depots. Of course all
depots are under DPR regardless of location so that we can
say on what basis are you selling at these prices to the
marketers. They have not
been forthcoming. So it is a battle.
As I speak to you, our men are in the field to enforce
compliance with N87 per litre of fuel. But the constraint we
have, we are just 23 (staff) and we have over 600 filling
stations spread across the state.
“But notwithstanding we would keep on doing our best. We
would try to sanitize Ilorin before we move out. It is a battle.
DPR did not approve N100 per litre of petrol.
They (marketers) are doing it illegally”, Jokodola said.
Credits: Isalekoto Nurudeen