– An inspection team comprising of NNPC and PPMC officials, alongside journalists, has disclosed that fuel queues have subsided in Abuja
– At various filling stations, only few cars were seen, and pump attendants disclosed that there was enough fuel available
– One filling station disclosed that even though it was currently selling fuel at N145, it would return to selling at N143 in due course
Fuel queues, which resurfaced in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday, December 4, are gradually easing out, the NAN reports.
A correspondent (with inspection team of NNPC and PPMC officials at some filling stations in the federal capital) on Wednesday, December 13, observed that while the queues were short in some stations, motorists drove through in other stations to buy the product.
NAIJ.com gathers that at Total filling station in Zone 1, Wuse, petrol was being off-loaded and the dealer, Patrick Okogo, told journalists that although there was a queue, the product was available.
He said: “You can see that the queue has reduced and we have enough product.”
At Oando petrol station in Mabushi area of Abuja, only two to three cars were at each pump, and all the pump heads were dispensing product.
When the NNPC/PPMC surveillance team got to A. Y. M Shafa petrol station, there was orderliness, unlike how it was some days ago.
The station manager, Abdullahi Sambo, stated: “We have 200,000 liters of petrol that can last for three days. We do not sell in jerry cans.
”Yes, we were selling at N143 per litre but a directive from headquarters made us to sell at N145. We hope to return to our former price as soon as we have enough product.”
A pump attendant at the station who simply identified himself as Ade stated: “We always use all our pumps.”
The inspection team also visited Conoil petrol station and the queue was reportedly short.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that amidst the scarcity of petroleum products, particularly Premium Motor Spirit popularly called fuel in the FCT and some states in the northern region, NUPENG called on the management of the NNPC not to relent in its efforts to ease the suffering of vehicle owners at retail outlets.
The national chairman of the Petroleum and Tanker Drivers’ (PTD) branch of NUPENG, Comrade Salmon Oladiti, made the appeal on Tuesday, December 12, in Abuja.
The federal government had directed the minister of state for petroleum resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to put an end to the fuel shortage last week, but the scarcity seemed to be biting hard in Abuja and environs.
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