25 December 2014, Lagos – The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has attributed the long queues at Abuja petrol station to a disagreement between some major marketers and the Suleja Depot management last Saturday.
Zonal Operations Controller, Abuja, Mohammed Usman told reporters on Tuesday that the issue has been resolved and loading has returned to normal at the depot.
Usman disclosed that about 205 trucks were loaded on Monday and assured consumers that there is enough petrol in the capital city and adjourning states.
“Already the queues are going down and by tomorrow (Wednesday) it will clear completely, that I can assure you.
“There was small problem between some major marketers and the management of Suleja depot that is why we the queues. We are working hard to ensure that season passes without people spending their time at the petrol stations”, he said.
He noted that all Muslim staff at the Abuja Zonal Office would not be going on holidays to ensure continuous monitoring and surveillance.
Usman further assured that there would be no hoarding during the period because the DPR has a manifest of all sales outlets with products across the zone.
He noted that the Federal Government has declared that there would be no pump price increase in the new year, as such “anybody hoarding will do so in vain.
“But be assured that any filling station caught hoarding the product will be severely sanctioned”, he warned.
*Obas Esiedesa – Daily Independent