The company said as a result of disassociating itself from the strike, loading of over 13 million liters of fuel from its depot in Apapa area of Lagos State to various states across the country has commenced as deliberate efforts to end the current fuel scarcity
Fuel scarcity: Capital oil condemns oil marketers strike, commences fuel distribution
By Kunle Kalejaye
LAGOS-AS the ongoing fuel scarcity in Nigeria continues to linger with no solution in sight, Capital Oil and Gas Limited, a leading independent oil marketing company in Nigeria has disassociated itself from the strike embarked upon by members of Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, DAPPMA, and Petroleum Tanker Drivers association, PTD which has resulted to nationwide fuel scarcity.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos at the weekend, Managing Director/CEO of Capital Oil, Ifeanyi Ubah said the management of the company has watched with much pain, the suffering and hardship Nigerians have been subjected to as a result of the scarcity of fuel, diesel, aviation fuel and household kerosene.
“We are deeply pained to hear that hospitals cannot perform surgeries, laboratories are unable to carry out much needed tests especially for emergency patients leaving such patients at risk of dying, radio stations are shutting down, communication is being affected as MTN and other telecommunications company have announced an impending shut down while homes, offices and key facilities nationwide are experiencing blackouts.
”We are constrained at this point and have decided that two wrongs cannot make a right. We will not be part of this sabotage against our fatherland.
“Therefore from this minute, we shall take the risk of opening our facilities and commence swift loading and distribution of products Nationwide.
“Our facility has the capacity to load over 13 million litres of product before dawn. This comes to approximately 400 trucks of petroleum products. With this act, it is our belief that once again our citizens will begin to smile, return to normal family and work life.
“We call on other petroleum marketers to follow suit and save our Nation from this impending economic and social crisis. This is a period that requires patriotism and service to fatherland. Let’s join hands to help our fellow citizens and save Nigeria. We also call on striking bodies to call off the strike action. Let us work together for the betterment of our people,” Ubah said.
He stressed that his company’s truck; port reception facilities and depot complex have been ordered to be opened adding that “we are ordering and resuming discharge of products from vessels at our berths. We have ordered our trucks to commence loading of products and move overnight to every state of the Federation.
“Most importantly, we wish to use this medium to thank NNPC and PPMC for their steadfastness in ensuring the availability of petroleum products. Current PPMC stock level in our storage tanks and buffer stock on vessels awaiting discharge at our jetty is capable of meeting the Nation’s need for 15 days.”