FG Directs Kachikwu To End Fuel Scarcity Before Weekend

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

In Onitsha, the commercial city, most of the petrol stations visited had no queues but were selling at N150, while some sold at N155 per litre.

Sahara Reporters went out on the streets to talk to people waiting on the queues, to hear what they have to say.

Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has cut short his trip to London as long queues returned to filling stations in the country.

In Katsina, queues were observed in many filling stations in the metropolis yesterday morning but by late evening, the queues had disappeared.

Speaking with Daily Trust in Lagos yesterday, DAPPMA executive secretary, Mr Olufemi Adewole, said there was now supply gap from NNPC, forcing independent marketers to rush to private fuel importers for supply.

It noted that the corporation had enough stock of fuel to ensure seamless supply and distribution of products across the country.

Baru failed to appear before the committee on Tuesday, leading to a reschedule of the meeting to explain the causes of the scarcity.

Marafa stated the Senate would not allow some unpatriotic persons to cause Nigerians any hardships especially during the Yuletide. "We will break into sub-committees to be able to cover the entire country for the inspection", he said.

"We will take time out to embark on a serious oversight".

"Right now, we are having a total shortage of products because we are not getting supply from our depots". NNPC had, on November 30, issued a statement saying there was no plan to increase fuel price at the depot and at filling stations.

The IPMAN Chairman in the state, Alhaji Bashir Dan-Malam, gave the assurance in Kano on Tuesday and said the Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Alhaji Umar Ajiya, gave the directive to release the product.

"The NNPC has also been directed to look at their supply chain and inform the relevant agencies of their supplies to various stations while they work with that plan to see that anybody found hoarding the product will be sanctioned", Marafa added.

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