Fuel scarcity forces NNPC boss back from foreign trip

Petrol queues return to Nigerian major cities

Most petrol stations nationwide are now besieged with queues, some are either shut down while those opened are flooded with inevitable queues.

A statement from NNPC's General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, on Tuesday, however, said the firm's boss assured Nigerians that there were sufficient products to cater for the needs of the citizens.

When the Nigerian Tribune visited Apapa depots, it was discovered that most marketers were selling between N138 - N142 per litre as against the recommended price of N133 per litre.

According to him, "we really don't know why they are deliberately giving us inadequate supplies and supplying the private depot owners products".

The queues, which were first noticed in few stations on Saturday, spread to more outlets yesterday, forcing motorists into panic buying.

IPMAN acussed the NNPC of breach of bulk purchase agreement to sell fuel to them at N133.28 per litre.

An Independent Marketer, Benjamin Omale, told reporters on Tuesday that they were not getting enough products from the PPMC and Private tank farms in Lagos, coupled with the fact the Kaduna refinery where they normally load their products from have been shut down for quite some time.

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A drive around the metropolis showed that some of the fuel stations, which hitherto had idle pump attendants, now had queues to attend to.

It's a familiar sight, our streets and roads lined with vehicles waiting for their turn to buy fuel from filling stations.

In Jabi, THISDAY observed queues at a NIPCO filling station which was equally dispensing to consumers.

Marafa said the Senate would not watch some unpatriotic persons put Nigerians through any form of hardship, particularly during the Yuletide.

He warned filling stations in the habit of hoarding fuel to inflict untold pains on Nigerians to desist as it would not be business as usual.

Meanwhile, the Committee has summoned the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, to appear before it on Thursday, having failed to appear on Tuesday.

Although, a Task Force team from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) was seen trying to ensure that black market businesses are not allowed to thrive, hawkers were still making brisk sales in kegs and gallons in most parts of the city. It said the price rise fears were unfounded.