DPR says pressure from neighbouring states cause of fuel scarcity in Abuja

Fuel-Scarcity in Abuja06 April 2014, Abuja – The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has attributed the prevailing fuel scarcity in Abuja to pressure from motorists in the neighbouring states.

The Abuja DPR Zonal Controller, Mr Aliyu Halidu, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja at the weekend.

Halidu, who was reacting to recurrence of petrol scarcity in Abuja and its environs, said that there was enough supply to take care of the need of motorists in the nation’s capital city.

The controller, who said Abuja receives up to 120 trucks of fuel daily, said ordinarily, 100 trucks of petroleum products was supposed to serve the city without any problem.

While noting with concern that in spite of the availability of fuel in the city, there were still queues in filling stations, Halidu said the influx of motorists from neighbouring states was compounding the fuel scarcity problem.

According to him, most motorists in the neighbouring states come to Abuja to buy fuel because of the availability of the products.

“The supply to Abuja fluctuates between 80 and 120 trucks per day.

“Also, why we have queues even if we have 120 trucks in Abuja is because the environs are not being served and they are dried.

“If anybody comes to Abuja, the tendency is there to say look let me fuel my car before I go back.

“Those coming from Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi congregate here to take fuel.

“There are commercial vehicles that come with dry tank and they fill their tanks here before they go back,” he said.

Another contributing factor, according to him, is the stable pump price in Abuja, which he attributed to the effective and efficient monitoring measure put in place by the agency.

Halidu explained that the agency most often prevent the marketers from hoarding and diverting the products, stressing that there were times the agency would force them to sell to motorists.

According to him, the agency at times does routine checking to ensure that the products released are discharged at the stations.

He said that in addition to ensuring that products were being sold at official pump price, the DPR also tried to make sure that stations sold with maximum number of pumps.

“We also work on Saturdays and Sundays because we don’t want any problem in the city,” he said.

Halidu therefore warned marketers against hoarding of products because DPR surveillance teams were on ground, stressing that appropriate sanctions would be meted out to offending marketers.

NAN reports that queues became noticeable again in some petrol filling stations in Abuja and its environs during the week.

Investigations revealed that although motorists queued for hours to buy fuel, vendors were getting fuel at ease to sell at parallel market rates.

The vendors operated with jerry cans in the precincts of most of the filling stations that had fuel.

The fuel vendors were making brisk businesses selling the product at exorbitant prices by the road sides.

They sell 10 litres for between N2, 000 and N2, 500 as against N970 at N97 per litre.



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