The long closure of the Enugu depot of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is no doubt hitting hard on oil marketers in the South East who now source their products from far distances with the attendant risks involved.
The depot has been shut for over 10 years running, inflicting serious hardship on the dealers and consumers of the products, exposing them to various risk such as accident on account of poor road network, robbers attacks as well as wear and tear suffered by their vehicles, without hope of when it would be reopened.
Petroleum products dealers under the umbrella body of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN), at a meeting week back, lamented the agony they have been passing through getting products to dispense to their customers as they took turns to lament the negative impact of the long closure of the Enugu depot by the Federal Government.
At the meeting, summoned by the new executive committee of IPMAN led by Chinedu Anyaso, the marketers solicited the help of the South-East Governors in reaching out to the Federal Government to reopen shut down in 2001. Since then, oil marketers operating under the depot had resorted to travelling to Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri and others far depots to lift products, a situation they said has left untold misery on them.
Anyaso further lamented that several of their members had died as a result of health complications that arose from shock over loss of their investments through accidents, tanker fire, and hijacking of tankers by bandits among others.