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Again Petrol Scarcity Hits Abuja

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 8:52 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 Despite claims of premium motor spirit availability in stock by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), queues at petrol continued to lengthen on Thursday.

Checks around Abuja and its environs showed that most stations were without the product. The few which were dispensing petrol such as the NNPC Mega station in Central Area and the NNPC Superstation along Kubwa Expressway had very long queues.

While black marketers were not yet out on full scale, petrol was being sold at N150 per litre by young men close to the filling stations.

Residents and motorists of the federal capital had just three weeks ago emerged from a four months acute shortage of petrol which only ended after the intervention of NNPC management.

Abuja Zonal Office of DPR had on Wednesday disclosed that 6.2 million litres (188 trucks) of petrol was supplied to Abuja and its environs to check the growing queues at petrol stations.

Zonal spokesman, Halidu Saidu, explained that about one million litres of petrol were lifted on Monday while 2.1million litres were lifted on Tuesday as against eight million litres daily supply to Abuja.

He blamed the sudden shortage being experienced by Abuja motorists on a drop in the lifting of fuel by marketers from Suleja Depot.