The Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria has asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to go after the cartel operating among private depot owners hoarding Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), if the agency intends to end fuel scarcity.
According to PETROAN Chairman, System 2E, Eastern Zone, Sunny Nkpe, who spoke on Monday, threats by the security agency will not resolve the issue or make the long queues at filling stations disappear.
“Let me make it categorically clear here: there is no amount of threat by DSS that is going to change anything. If it must change, they must start from the source; they should go to the private depot operators to find out where for now we are getting products from.
“Until the cartel or cabal in that area is handled or taken care of, we can never get any reduction or fairness in the distribution of the product,” Nkpe said.
Furthermore, Nkpe stated that there has not been a drop of petrol allocation to the Port Harcourt depot in the last six months.
Also, a former President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Peter Esele, said the DSS must have been privy to a vital piece of information within the supply value chain to have issued the ultimatum.
“For DSS to come out and issue an ultimatum, the DSS must be privy to some information…Everyone must focus on the DSS to come out with its results within 48 hours or else, DSS may also be a player in the game.
“DSS must tell Nigerians its findings within 48 hours and whoever is behind this should be prosecuted because there are enough products in this country for everybody to get petrol,” he said.