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Abuja fuel scarcity: NNPC moves to check product diversion

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 at 6:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Phillip Oladunjoye –  Senior Correspondent


The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) has assured members of the public that the noticeable queues at fuel stations in the Federal Capital Territory and its environs would soon become a thing of the past as the Corporation has increased fuel truck-out from the Suleja depot to Abuja to ease distribution challenges.

The Corporation noted that a special monitoring team has been deployed to check incidents of products diversion by some unscrupulous marketers and ensure that appropriate sanctions are brought to bear on such unpatriotic acts.

The Corporation said in a statement that the artificially induced distribution challenge in the FCT was as a result of the few days lull in the loading gantries caused by the recently concluded general elections across the country.

While calling on members of the public to resist the temptation of hoarding, product diversion and panic buying of petroleum products, NNPC noted that it currently has enough products in strategic reserves to meet 30 days forward consumption.

Meanwhile, eight tanker vessels with a combined tonnage of 247,900 metric tons of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, have been awaiting berthing space at various oil terminals in Lagos since March, according to Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). One of the tankers, Pretty Jewelry, has been waiting since February 28, 2015. Some others have been there since March.

Besides, five more tanker vessels are expected to arrive at the petroleum jetties in Lagos on Thursday and Friday with a combined tonnage of 161,200 metric tons of PMS.

For the fourth week running, motorists in the nation’s capital, Abuja had hectic time obtaining premium motor spirit (petrol) as most filling stations were without the product. The very few stations dispensing, had long queues with some stretching over three kilometers.