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Fuel Scarcity: Normalcy Gradually Returns In Abuja


Long queues witnessed in the various Filling stations  in Abuja are gradually disappearing with motorists getting Premium Motor Spirit known as petrol  in less than 20 minutes.

Some of the motorist who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday  said that the queues were moving very fast compared to what it used to be in the past few days.

“Things have improved, its about the normal time we use to spend to get fuel that we are presently experiencing.

“I spent less than 20 minutes to get my tank filled up and they sell at the approved pump price of N145,’’ salisu power, a motorist said.

Also,  at the Total Filling station at the central Business District, the Dealer Mr Michael Sules aid that the queues were moving fast because they  products were dispensed with all the nuzzles.

“The average time a motorist will spend here to get Fuel is maximum 20 minutes. We have the product and we are doing our best to serve our customers.

“The situation has really improved compared to few days back,’’ he said

Commenting during the monitoring of the various filling stations in Abuja, the Group Managing Director , Nigerian National Corporation (NNPC)  Dr Maikanti Baru said the queues would disappear as the corporation had double its daily truck out of products.

“Yesterday we discharged 1,733 trucks nationwide, its more than double the amount of fuel that we discharge, so we should not have any problem again.

“Normalcy has returned as far as fuel supply is concern, its unfortunate that marketers have made things difficult.

“ We have made the product available at the current price but they decide to profiteer at your expense, its unfortunate, we thank God that the Department of petroleum Resources (DPR) and the security agencies are on top of the show,’’ he said

He further noted that eight more ships with petroleum products berthed various ports: four in Apapa, two in Oghara and two in Calabar, hence, the queues will vanish by the weekend.

“We have always said we have fuel sufficiency. We should be comfortable till end of January. Sufficiency is not the question.

“Those who diverted the product should please be mindful of their brothers and sisters. Inflicting pains during yuletide was callous. We have sufficient products,’’ he said

Baru  reiterated  that Marketers buy the product from NNPC depots at N133.38 and have no reason to sell above N145.

He urged Nigerians to continue to report any form of nefarious activity within their area for appropriate measures to be taken.

NAN reports that Baru, on his sixth day of monitoring, apologised to motorists at every station he stopped and assured them of better days ahead.

He thanked Nigerians for their patience and endurance.

He urged station managers to check boots for jerry-cans, extra-fitted tanks for profiteers who queued repeatedly, thereby hindering other motorists, saying they should be handed over to security agents.

NAN also reports that during the six days of monitoring, more than 78,000 litres of petrol was dispensed free to Abuja motorists from various stations that sold more than the cap of N145 per litre.

The fuel queues begun on Dec. 7, following rumours of hike in pump price of petrol. (NAN)