23 February 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Monday said that it has increased the number of trucks carrying petrol from the Lagos area into Abuja from 160 to 250 in a day.
It said that the measure was taken to quickly cut the emerging scarcity of petrol at filling stations in the federal capital city and its environs.
Already, the city was beginning to see pockets of vehicular queues building up at filling stations. But the spokesman of the NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, said in a statement that the deployment of additional trucks of petrol would arrest the emerging fuel queues in these fuel stations.
Alegbe explained that the increased truck-out from the usual average of 160 trucks per day to 250 trucks would see the city getting as much as 8.25 million litres of petrol per day.
He noted that this volume should be enough to keep filling stations in the city and environs stock with petrol.
According to him, the emerging scarcity was as a result of a slowdown in distribution logistics following the State House of Assembly re-run election in Niger State last weekend and which affected truck movement from the Suleja products depot.