Abuja — The 42 oil marketers licensed to import fuel for the second quarter of the year have begun importation of the product, an official of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) said.
The official, who pleaded anonymity, said in Abuja on Thursday that the marketers, who were issued licences in March , had started importing products to avoid scarcity.
"The marketers have started importing fuel for the second quarter and this will ensure there is no scarcity of the product in the country," he said. 42 oil marketers were granted licence in March by the PPPRA to import 4.8 billion litres of petrol for the second quarter of the year.
The official said the agency had put stringent measures in place that would ensure that marketers were transparent and followed due process in the importation.
He said one of the measures was reinforcing the independent inspectors at the ports and ensuring that all imports were accompanied with letters of credit. The official said holders of the permit would also be required to furnish PPPRAwith daily records of products loading, evacuation from designated depots for accountability and effective supply.
He warned that it was no longer business as usual as the agency was ready to sanction any marketer who failed to deliver the approved volume of product. He added that the agency would soon hold its quarterly meeting with marketers and other stakeholders in the sector to fine-tune any grey areas.
"We will soon hold our quarterly meeting to fine-tune all these details. I will be able to give you details of the process after the meeting," the official said.
He expressed optimism that all the measures would ensure better accountability and transparency in the importation process. Earlier, the Executive Secretary of PPPRA, Mr Reginald Stanley, said that the agency sanctioned a Switzerland oil trading company, NIMEX Petroleum Ltd, for failing to show details of its operations.
Stanley said the list of oil marketers was pruned to 42 in a bid to ensure efficiency, accountability and transparency in the sector.