The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) at the weekend blamed the climate for the delay in the production and importation of refined petroleum products, The Nation reports.
The group said vagaries of weather in Europe, where Nigeria gets its refined products’ supplies, has caused the scarcity of fuel in the country. Speaking on the sideline of an emergency meeting by the Products and Petroleum Marketing Company (PPMC) in Lagos to proffer long term solutions to the fuel scarcity, the Association’s Executive Secretary, Obafemi Olawore, said refineries produce more of heating fuel during winter to the detriment of Nigeria and other countries that rely on them for production.
He said when this happens, a smaller quantity of fuel was produced for Nigeria, adding that the development resulted in scarcity of the product. According to him, Nigeria gets a bigger supply of refined products from refineries in Europe during spring. Olawore said through there are domestic issues causing fuel scarcity in Nigeria, the issue of climate in Europe could not be ruled out.