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Kerosene Scarcity: NNPC Blames Marketers

Channels Television  
Updated July 26, 2013

The Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company limited (KRPC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has raised alarm that diversion, hoarding and illegal movement of kerosene to unapproved destinations are the causes of scarcity and high cost of the product in the country.

Manager public affairs of Kaduna refinery, Abdullahi Idris made the complaint at the flagging off of sale of kerosene at N50 per litre official pump price to the host communities in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.

Giving reasons for the lingering scarcity and outrageous cost of kerosene in the country, Idris said the Kaduna refinery loads not less than 60 trucks of the product to marketers on daily basis and wondered why the product is not made available to the masses by marketers.

He said the sale of kerosene to the host communities at official pump price of N50 per litre was to cushion the effects of the scarcity and also appealed to independent marketers in the country to stop hoarding or diverting the product.