As the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit continues to take a toll on motorists and other consumers in most parts of the country, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Monday said the trucks conveying the product were being diverted to Cameroon and Chad.
Kachikwu, who stated this in Lagos at a town hall meeting, said the fuel scarcity had persisted mainly because the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation could not track the trucks being used to convey the product to filling stations.
Kachikwu said his ministry was working towards installing trackers on each truck and registering the depots and filling stations they were meant to supply in a bid to curb diversion of the product.
He said, “Over 30 per cent of (fuel) supply is diverted. For example, in the last five days, we have pumped 400 trucks of product into Lagos State. The total consumption (in the state) at the maximum is 250 trucks; most of those trucks are diverted from Lagos to the hinterland of Chad and Cameroon.
“We need, literally, a whole army to stop this from happening. So, I continue to supply and over-supply and so we struggle.”
The minister urged Nigerians to report cases they know about, adding that the task of tackling fuel scarcity could not be left to the government alone.