Marketers under the aegis of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) have given insights into how they helped to reduce fuel scarcity in the country.
The marketers include Oando, Forte Oil, Mobil, and MRS.
In separate interviews, the marketers said they collaborated with the Navy, the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), the National Association of Road Truck Owners (NARTO) and others to reduce the traffic that was preventing tanker drivers from supplying fuel in time.
They said there were many tank farms, loading bays and jetties in Apapa, adding that tanker drivers spent days on queue to load fuel.
MOMAN Chief Security Officer Colonel Adesanya (retd) said the marketers set up a committee, adding that the committee and the Navy collaborated to reduce gridlocks in Apapa and its environs.
He said decongesting the road was the first assignment undertaken by the Navy and the committee.
According to him, the Navy introduced a call card system, through which truck drivers were given cards that would enable them to load fuel and leave the loading bay immediately for others.
He said: “Since the Navy took over the clearing of tankers and other vehicles that are causing traffic in Apapa, vehicles, especially fuel tankers, have been moving freely. The call card was signed by the Navy, to enable it authenticate the tankers that have either loaded or are due for loading. Through this, the Navy and the marketers were able to reduce the traffic on the roads and the number of hours spent by tanker drivers before they supplied fuel.
‘’Fuel tanker drivers spend a lot of time at the jetties in Apapa, before they load. The development has resulted in fuel scarcity, as tanker drivers do not supply fuel to the end users in time. However, the collaboration between the Navy, the marketers and other agencies has helped in reducing the scarcity.’’
He said reducing the turnaround time for loading of fuel and supplying it had helped to checkmate scarcity.
Adesanya, also the Head of Security of MRS, said the drivers would not have been able to speed up the process of supplying fuel, if they were not given cards by the Navy, with a view to reduce the time they are wasting in Apapa, where they are loading petroleum products.
Also, MOMAN’s Head, Safety and Health Committee, Dr Oyet Gogorima, said the call up card issued to taker drivers made their work schedule samplers.
He said the idea has reduced vehicular congestion at the loading bay and the jetties, stressing that the issue has fasten the process of loading and distribution of fuel.
He said the usual traffic in Apapa has reduced, because drivers comply with the directives of the Navt and other agencies in the area.
He lauded the Commander; NNS Beecroft Commodore Okon Eyo for his helping to clear the gridlock in Apapa, stressing that traffic has eased up in the area greatly.
He said the issue has resulted in seamless operation of tanker drivers, as well as making commuting in the area hassles- free.