2 February 2016, Abuja – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Monday, said over 480 truckloads of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol, had been dispatched to Abuja and neighbouring states within Sunday and Monday, to quell the scarcity currently witnessed in the Federal Capital Territory and environs.
Speaking to Vanguard in Abuja, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Department of the NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe largely blamed the fuel scarcity on the re-run elections held in Niger State, over the weekend.
He also stated that the situation was worsened by panic buying by motorists.
According to him, due to the restriction of movement on the day of the election it was impossible to load fuel from Suleja depot on Saturday.
The Suleja depot supplies fuel to Abuja, Niger, Nasarawa and other nearby states. He, however, explained that the NNPC has commenced measures to address the situation, stating that on Sunday, over 210 truckloads of fuel were despatched to Abuja and environs.
He also disclosed that another 270 truckloads of fuel were dispersed on Monday, while he expressed confidence that by today (Tuesday), the queues would have disappeared.
“Also note the situation in Abuja was largely due to panic buying because no despatch was made from Suleja depot due to restriction on movement for the re-run elections. However, as Sunday, over 210 trucks have been dispatched to Abuja,” he said.
The scarcity resurfaced on Sunday and continued till Monday in Abuja, with large queues witnessed in almost all the petrol stations selling the products, while most petrol stations were shut due to the unavailability of the product. At the Airport Road in Abuja, there were queues in almost all the petrol stations along the expressway, while some were shut.
All the petrol stations along the Nyanya-Mararaba axis down to Asokoro were shut down, as they claimed they do not have the products in their tanks.
Also, queues were seen at the NNPC petrol station behind the national Stadium Abuja, while some motorists who spoke with Vanguard claimed they spent about 40 minutes on the queue before they could get the product to buy.
Also light queues were recorded at some petrol stations at the Central Business District (CBD), such as Conoil, Total, Forte Oil, NNPC mega station among others.
Yaman filling station at Area 3 in Garki sold fuel to motorist, while the queue at the station was longer than usual; however, the queue was not as bad as in previous fuel scarcity periods.