Fuel scarcity: FG gives Kachikwu, Baru matching order to clear queues

The Federal Government on Wednesday orderd the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to end the fuel queues in the country by the end of this week.

Nigeria's state oil company assured motorists on Tuesday there was no shortage of petrol and urged them not to engage in panic buying after long queues built up at filling stations.

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

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria had threatened to stop sales of products, accusing the Nigerian National petroleum corporation of under supplying its members with petrol.

Ndu Ughamadu, the corporation's Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, in a statement, said there was no plan to increase prices at the exdepot level and pump price ahead of the forthcoming Yuletide.

December is here, and welcome to the petrol station queues!

At the NNPC station close to the popular Wuse Market end of the district, queues for petrol were building up to the Aminu Kano Way, while the corporation's mega station along the Kubwa Expressway also had queues for petrol. They could no longer get from NNPC's depots, now they are accusing us.

"In a bid to salvage the fuel supply and distribution challenges witnessed in some parts of the country due to panic buying from motorists, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, cut short his trip to London. We have said times without number that NNPC has sufficient products to cater for the needs of all consumers", Baru stated.

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.

"However, given the seriousness of the matter, we chose to invite the GMD to come and brief on the development and to enable Nigerians know the situation of things".

Marafa said the committee will also embark on oversight of filling stations across the country to check cases of fuel hoarding by petrol dealers.

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