Petrol Queues Return, Baru Rushes Back From London

Petrol queues return to Nigerian major cities

The Federal Government has directed the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and, the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru to clear fuel queues in Abuja and Lagos - by the weekend.

But majority of filling stations in Lagos and environs were dispensing while scanty queues were noticed in few others.

The FEC meeting which held in President Muhammadu Buhari's absence was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Speaking with Tribune Online on Tuesday, the South-West zonal chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN), Ahmed Debo, said the NNPC had been playing double standards by favouring the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMA) regarding supply of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol.

He also said the government has no plans to increase the pump price of petrol.

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

Okoronkwo said NNPC is not only a regulator, but also the sole importer of fuel in Nigeria, stressing that the agency can not lie about its operation. We are hoping and believing that when they resume production, we will be able to get products from their and distribute to all our outlets, " he said.

"For the umpteenth time, I wish to call on all Nigerians to stop panic buying. We have said times without number that NNPC has sufficient products to cater for the needs of all consumers", Baru stated. There is always more demand for refined products for petroleum during winter period in the colder countries.

"Right now, we are having a total shortage of products because we are not getting supply from our depots".

He said "Immediately the issue came up, we contacted NNPC to know the situation of things and we were told that the rumours were unfounded and that they have written rejoinders to that effect. Even if he cannot make it he can send people that are in good authority to speak on his behalf". "We will also inspect tanks in filling stations to ensure that Nigerians are not taken advantage of", Marafa added.

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