FG orders Kachikwu, Baru to clear fuel queues by weekend

FG orders Kachikwu, Baru to clear fuel queues by weekend

Only a few stations were observed to have petrol and are selling to motorists, thereby leading to long queues.

A statement from NNPC's General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, on Tuesday, however, said the firm's boss assured Nigerians that there were sufficient products to cater for the needs of the citizens.

He said the NNPC management had invited IPMAN Lagos branch to a meeting at the NNPC Towers on December 14.

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

"No. The government has no intention at all that to increase the pump price of PMS". This development has further compounded the sufferings of many Nigerians. They could no longer get from NNPC's depots, now they are accusing us.

According to him, "as you can see, we have enough products but the tankers have blocked everywhere, preventing smooth delivery of products".

"So the NNPC and the major marketers have been struggling to discharge effectively for the last two months, hence, the queues were the resultant effects we are seeing now", a source said.

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A survey by New Telegraph, yesterday, showed that queues have surfaced in some parts of Lagos and Ogun States.

When the Nigerian tribune visited some filling stations in Ibadan metropolis on Tuesday afternoon, there were no signs of queue.

A motorist, Muhammad Auwal said "it is very unfortunate that Kano is experiencing fuel scarcity at the time President Muhammadu Buhari is visiting the state".

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, told journalists yesterday afternoon that the members would also embark on inspection at service stations across the country.

Marafa stated the Senate would not allow some unpatriotic persons to cause Nigerians any hardships especially during the Yuletide.

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), however, did not comment on the situation even as the price per litre went as high as N150 in some parts of the state.

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