Nigerian motorists queuing for fuel told there are no shortages

The filling stations open for operation are selling at the approved pump price, but motorists still find queue for hours before getting the product.

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

THE Federal Government Wednesday gave the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director, GMD of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru the matching order to clear the queues in filling stations in the country before weekend.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has attributed the long queue at various filling stations across the country to panic buying. In Gwanripa, the situation was quite different as the length of the queues appeared to have been more than what was observed in some parts of the city.

It said he had ordered more petroleum products to be dispatched nationwide "to cushion the effects of excessive demand caused by panic buying" before travelling to Britain.

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 declared that the ex-depot petrol price of N133.38 per litre and the pump price of N143/N145 per litre have not changed, noting that the Corporation has enough stock of fuel to ensure seamless supply and distribution of products across the country.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, stated this in a news briefing, shortly after an investigative hearing on the matter in Abuja, on Tuesday.

This, he said, is to avoid the situation where some unpatriotic persons would cause unnecessary hardships for Nigerians in the festive season. "We will break into sub-committees to be able to cover the entire country for the inspection", he said. "We at PMB's Oil and Gas Progress commend Baru for the step he has taken", he said.

Another marketer at the depot who also spoke under the condition of anonymity said there were less activities at the depots due to an inadequate supply of the products by the NNPC.

Marafa however noted that the NNPC already issued statements informing that there is no need for panic buying.

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