2 December 2011, Sweetcrude, LAGOS – Local government chairmen in Lagos State want the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) and Capital Oil and Gas Limited resume the suspended mobile distribution of kerosene to end users in Lagos.
They told newsmen in Lagos that NNPC and Capital Oil and Gas should sustain the direct sale of the product to households to ease the current scarcity of the product, which worsened last week with the price of the product soaring to N160 per litre at fuel stations.
Mr Adewale Ayodele, Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, described the NNPC direct sale initiative as a laudable venture that needed the support of all stakeholders for its sustenance.
Ayodele said that residents in Lagos had over the years suffered from shortage of kerosene arising from the product racketeering by some sales outlets.
The NNPC through Capital Oil and Gas Limited distributed the product directly to people in some local government areas at the height of the shortage in June this year.
Ayodele added: “We did not believe that the common man will get kerosene in Lagos with the high price in some petrol stations. We saw the good intention of the government through mobile truck dispensing in Lagos.
“We appeal to NNPC and Capital Oil and Gas to resume and ensure the sustainability of the direct sale to the people initiative.’’
Mr Gbolahun Bagostow, Chairman of Somolu Local Government Council, said the “kero-direct programme” should be re-launched to move the country forward.