20190413

Fuel Queues Return; NNPC, Marketers React

Filling stations in some parts of Lagos experienced queues on Friday amid a supply hitch that slowed down the distribution of the Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) to parts of the country.

It was learnt on Friday that the hitch was resolved on Thursday, with more vessels expected to arrive in Apapa and discharge the product over the weekend.

The pockets of fuel queues in Lagos emerged a day after the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation restated its commitment to the sustenance of the seamless supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country.

The NNPC on Friday appealed to Nigerians to disregard trending social media report of an impending fuel scarcity due to purported refusal by some oil marketers to lift products from depots.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, explained that the tale was fabricated by mischief makers with intent to create undue panic in the prevailing sanity in the fuel supply and distribution matrix across the country.

According to the statement, the corporation has over one billion litres of petrol in stock, and there was no need for panic buying or hoarding of petroleum products in anticipation of a phantom scarcity.

The Chief Executive Officer, Clement Isong, in a telephone interview with The Punch, said the hitch led to the loss of a couple of hours in the transition of products between a vessel and the stations.

“But that hitch was resolved yesterday (Thursday), and we are pumping out as much as possible. Hopefully, the queues should have been cleared by tomorrow (Saturday) morning,” he said.

According to him, major markets have products in their tanks in Apapa and are loading. He said 23 depots in Lagos, 7 in Port Harcourt, 11 in Warri, 6 in Calabar and 8 in Kaduna, were stocked with petrol.

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