The Petroleum and Natural Gas Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has blamed the scarcity of kerosene on the poor state of refineries.

Its General Secretary, Bayo Olomoshule, said the refineries inability to function optimally was responsible for the products.

He told The Nation that the conflict between the government and importers over subsidy, and alleged substitution of kerosene for aviation fuel, were also responsible for the scarcity, arguing that if you have a product that serves multiple uses, it could experience such fluctuation.

Until these areas are addressed kerosene shortage may not be over, he said, adding that there is need to ensure and encourage more use of cooking gas as a substitute for kerosene.

He said the association has reached out to the government including the ministry of petroleum resources, the petroleum product pricing regulatory agency (PPPRA), the NNPC who according to him are also looking for collaborators/partnership to ensure that the product is made available to Nigerians.

Meanwhile, the secretary has reemphasized the need for speedy passage of the petroleum industry bill which he said would encourage more people to participate in the gas business adding until that is done we may not really be able to overcome the challenges of gas utilization in the country.

On oil theft and bunkering, the general secretary said the union would ensure collective action with government, the oil majors and security agencies to make sure the country overcomes the challenges of the menace of oil theft.


Information from The Nation was used in this report.