Alhaji Debo Ahmed, the South-West Zonal Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has appealed to the Federal Government to re-activate the five depots in the South-West Zone to ease congestion in Apapa.
His appeal which came against the backdrop of long queues of trucks waiting to load petroleum products in Apapa.
Ahmed said that inability of trucks to load petroleum products at the western depots contributed to the congestion at the Apapa private depots.
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He further said that Ilorin and Ore depots, which had capacity for about 20 million litres of storage facilities, were not operational; adding that supply of product to these depots had become occasional for months now.
“We appeal to government to concentrate more on overhauling the western depots to ease over the bearing congestion at Apapa.
“As we speak, Ejigbo and Mosinmi depots just started loading trucks yesterday after a long while.
“Government should intensify efforts to revive the system 2B product pipeline to western zone depots comprising Ajigbo, Mosinmi, Ore, Ibadan and Ilorin,” he said.
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The IPMAN boss applauded the Federal Government’s efforts towards combating pipeline vandalism.
“We urge the government and its agencies involved in the fight not to relent until pipeline vandalism becomes a thing of the past.
“A few unpatriotic and disgruntled elements should not hold the larger majority of Nigerians, the states and Federal Government to ransom.”
He urged government to revive the western depots to ease congestion.
The persistent gridlock in Apapa is because 90 per cent of petroleum products are stored in various private tank farms in the area and trucks from Kwara, Osun and Kogi have to take their turns in securing the product.