•No cause for alarm, says NNPC
From Uche Usim, Abuja
Just when motorists in Abuja thought the fuel scarcity nightmare was over for good, the national albatross reared its ugly head yesterday as some filling stations have ran out of stock and the few selling had queues in them.
From Kubwa to Wuse, Area 1 to Lugbe, noticeable queues had formed and forced motorists to resort to panic buying.
“I thought this scary development was over judging by the assurances of the NNPC GMD, Dr Maikanti Baru. But with this queue I’m seeing, trouble is here”, Ayo Banjo, a banker lamented.
Another motorist, Joy James groaned: “they want us to run mad again with this fuel hunting problem. Time you ought to spend at home, you spend in fuel queues in hot sun. Are we cursed? When will this rubbish end? “.
However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has advised motorists not to be pushed into panic buying as it has sufficient quantity of the product in stock that can last for 30 days.
The Corporation also urged the public to promptly report any filling station selling petrol above the government approved pump price of N145/litre.
The Spokesman of the NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu said: “we wish to assure motorists that the Corporation has robust stock of petrol which is sufficient to serve the nation for more than 30 days.
“Motorists are advised to report any marketer selling above N145 per litre of petrol or hoarding the products to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) which is statutorily empowered to deal with such issues. DPR has offices located in all parts of the country. Law enforcement agencies would mete out appropriate sanctions to operators of fuel stations who engage in hoarding or sell products above the recommended band,” he said.