Kerosene scarcity bites harder across Nigeria

Kerosene Shortage

Acute shortage of kerosene is spreading nationwide as filling stations stopped selling the products.

The scarcity was first noticed in several parts of the country shortly after the Yuletide season.

Since then, the scarcity has been spreading, with a litre of the product selling for prices ranging from N300 to N400 for a litre, where it is available.

For instance, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) complained that the cooking fuel is not available in any of depots of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and private depots in Lagos metropolis.

The product also is not available in depots nationwide.

National chairman of Surface Tank Kerosene Peddlers  of the union, Rotimi Benjamin, said kerosene was last brought to depots in Lagos last December 27, while  two of the nation’s refineries producing kerosene, had also stopped producing the fuel.

For the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), the scarcity was caused by the scarcity of foreign exchange to import the product.

Spokesman of the NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, said  that most of the petroleum products marketers had refused to import kerosene due to the scarcity of foreign exchange and the rising prices of crude oil.

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