Ex Jonathan’s Aide Attributes Fuel Scarcity To NNPC’s Monopoly
An oil and gas merchant, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho has attributed the persistent scarcity of petrol to NNPC’s monopoly.
Iheanacho, a former Minister of Interior in the Goodluck Jonathan administration, who is the Chairman of Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd., told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday that inability of the NNPC to create a window for private importers to import petrol also contributed to the scarcity.
He said the shortage was caused by the landing cost margin of N171 per litre and the selling cost pegged at N 145 per litre.
”The selling of the product at N145 per litre is no longer feasible with the current exchange rate.
”Shortage of foreign exchange and increase in crude prices have made it unprofitable to import petrol and sell same at N145 per litre.
”The problem is that importation of petrol is being handled, almost 100 per cent, by NNPC, while private importers backed out because the increase in crude price has made the landing cost high,’’ he said.
Iheanacho said the marketers’ huge debts of over N800 billion had also contributed to the inability to import petrol.
He said most independent marketers had closed their companies due to inability to pay their workers. Iheanacho urged the Federal Government to settle all the outstanding debts owed marketers since 2015.