Petrol scarcity: DSS gives oil marketers, dealers 48 hours to resolve scarcity

The Department of State Services(DSS), has warned oil marketers and those involved in the distribution of petroleum products to make the commodity  available to Nigerians at government approved prices or have themselves to blame.

It says it would no longer fold its arms to watch some unscrupulous marketers taking advantage of the scarcity of petroleum products to jeopardise national security.

The DSS, said the warning had become necessary following the persistent fuel scarcity that has continued to ravage most parts of the country.

It Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunaya, said the decision was reached at the end of a crucial meeting between the agency and all stakeholders in the petrol supply chain held at the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

Afunanya, at a media briefing with journalists after the meeting, said the agency would take steps to deal with  unscrupulous marketers using artificial fuel scarcity to threaten national security.

At the peak of the scarcity a fortnight ago when price of PMS climbed to almost N400 per litre in parts of the country,  the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited had attributed the cause of the scarcity and the long queues on rehabilitation works ongoing in some parts of Lagos.

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