20 September 2011, Sweetcrude, Lagos- Capital Oil and Gas says it has stopped direct sale of kerosene to consumers in Lagos metropolis and that it was currently serving consumers in Kano and Kaduna.
Mr Nisikan Usoro, head of Trading and Business Development of the firm, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
“Currently, we are selling to consumers in Kaduna and Kano and we hope to be back to Lagos soon.
“The project, which marked a milestone in the history of kerosene distribution to the masses in Nigeria, is continuous one. It is not abandoned.
“There is no going back on the issue. Lagos residents should not panic,” Usoro said.
According to him, the project will be in segments to check fraud in the system.
He urged consumers to always buy sales vouchers at NNPC mega stations and retail outlets to avoid carrying cash to points of sales.
Usoro expressed optimism that the decentralisation of the distribution chain would relieve consumers of pains associated with buying kerosene at exorbitant prices in their neighbourhood.
He reminded consumers that nobody would be allowed to buy more than 25 litres at a time to prevent unscrupulous persons from exploiting the situation.
NAN reports that residents in different parts of Lagos are complaining about the scarcity of kerosene.
This has prompted speculations that the NNPC and Capital Oil have stopped direct sale of kerosene to consumers.