Petrol Crisis Must End Immediately – DSS Orders Marketers

Stakeholders in the petrol distribution chain got a marching order yesterday from the Department of State Services (DSS).

They must end the lingering petrol scarcity in two days, failing which the appropriate action would be applied.

The DSS spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunnaya, who handed down the 48-hour ultimatum, said the agency decided to wade in the petrol distribution confusion in national interest.
Nigerians have been buying the product above the regulated price of between N165 and N170 per litre, especially at filling stations belonging to members of the Independent Marketers Association (IPMAN).

The association, which alleged discrimination against its members in sourcing foreign exchange (forex), claimed that selling petrol at approved pump price will send them out of business.

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They argued that they source forex at black market rates, whereas their Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) counterpart have assess at the official rate.

But the DSS spokesman said the Service could not fold its arms to allow some individuals or group to destabilise the country.

He spoke with reporters in Abuja after a meeting between the stakeholders and the leadership of the DSS.

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He said that after the expiration of the ultimatum, the Department would commence a nationwide operation to ensure that the products are made available.

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