The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has confirmed the availability of domestic kerosene in the country.
The National Public Relations Officer of the association, Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, dismissed speculations of scarcity of the product in a phone interview in Abuja on Saturday.
Suleiman said that all the oil and gas products were available in all parts of the country and urged citizens not to panic.
“Do not panic as there is enough product on ground that can last till next year,” he assured.
He commended President Mihammadu Buhari for taking the best decision in deregulating the oil and gas industry.
Suleiman also called on Nigerians to divert their attention on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as government was giving the enabling environment in gas.
A correspondent who went round some fuel stations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) discovered that there was kerosene, but it was selling at N350 per litre.
NAN reports that black markets sold theirs between the range N420 naira to N450.
Mrs Blessing Eze, a business woman at Kubwa market, lamented on the high price that it was difficult for only Nigerians to feed as everything has increased.
“Everything in the market like food, kerosene, coal has increased and life is difficult for the poor to feed a day.”
Eze appealed to the government to review the oil and gas as there was room for improvement.
Another buyer, Mrs Haruna Aliyu, said the product was available but it is high and not everyone can affordable to buy it.