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FG Urged To Endorse More Independent Marketers, As Scarcity Of Aviation Fuel Lingers

Following the shortage of aviation fuel (JET A1) that hit some parts of the country last week, the Federal Government has been urged to give more license to independent fuel marketers in the aviation industry to allow them import aviation fuel as a quick solution to the problem of shortage of the product.

Alhaji Mohammed Tukur, the out-going Secretary General of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), made the call while speaking with aviation reporters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

Tukur said “The major reason for the scarcity of aviation fuel is that, it is only one marketer that is supplying fuel at present as I am talking to you. So the government should give more hands and allow other marketers to supply aviation fuel and with that I think this problem of scarcity of the product will be a thing of the past”

“So what the government should do, is that they should allow everybody to go and import the fuel and bring it or they should give people more license to come into the system, Sahara oil and other oil marketers, they have made some difference and that is why they have not increase the price of aviation fuel, because in Nigeria people feel that anything goes, so people are trying to take any slight opportunity to increase the fuel price but for now airline operators will not increase their airfares because if they do so, it is going to be a suicide mission because nobody will fly” he added.

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