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DPR assures availability of petroleum products

26 February 2014, 09:49

Sokoto - The Department of Petroleum Resources on Tuesday said that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure the availability of petroleum products nationwide.

The department’s Zonal Controller in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi States, Umaru Moriki, said this in Sokoto.

Reacting to the current scarcity of petrol in Sokoto, Moriki said government was trying to restore normal supply across Nigeria.

The controller said only 34 trucks of petrol were received in Sokoto from February 21 to February 25.

"This figure excludes Sunday, February 23 as there was a zero supply of petrol into Sokoto state on that day.

"The average daily requirement of petrol in Sokoto state alone is about 33 trucks and the same goes for Kebbi’’, Morilki added.

He said that the supplies covered those made to the NNPC mega stations, the major and independent marketers' filling stations.

"The department is doing all it could to ensure that the limited supply reaches the desired destinations through sustained monitoring of all the filling stations.

The controller appealed to the residents to desist from panic buying due to its attendant consequences.

"I am also warning the marketers not to engage in sharp practices", he said.

Scarcity of petroleum products has hit Sokoto and its environs as none of the major or independent marketers' filling stations was selling the product as at Tuesday.

This had resulted in long queues of vehicles at filing stations.


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