NNPC gives reasons for long queues for fuel in Abuja


The Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, Limited has blamed the queues for fuel in parts of Abuja on the low loadouts at depots which it said usually happen during long public holidays.

Another contributing factor, NNPC said, could be the increase in fuel purchase which it described as also usual with returning residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, from the public holidays.

NNPC said it had, however, in conjunction with the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority and their marketing partners taken necessary measures to ramp up loadouts from all depots.

That, it said, would return the situation to normal.

Most filling stations in Abuja were shut down following scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly known at the weekend.

The situation caused long queues of vehicles at various filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

A News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, correspondent who monitored the petrol supply situation in Wuse, Gwarimpa, Wuye and Kubwa areas of Abuja reports that long queues resurfaced with most fuelling station not selling to motorists.

A private car owner, Mr Alex Udoh, said the queue resurfaced on Saturday and all his efforts to buy fuel failed.

Udoh urged government to find lasting solution to the lingering fuel scarcity because of its adverse effect on the national economy.

He also called on all relevant authorities to maintain peace and order in filling stations and curb black marketing spots.

“I do not know the reason for the scarcity again and it is annoying,” said the motorists.

A taxi driver, Malam Yakubu Umar, said he had been at the petrol station for over five hours waiting to buy the product.

“I bought black market yesterday and I did not make any profit,” he lamented.

None of the filling station operators responded to NAN enquiries on the sudden scarcity of the product.




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