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Fuel scarcity caused by disruption in distribution of products

20 February 2014, 12:35

Abuja - The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has attributed the partial fuel scarcity experienced in some states to disruption in the distribution of the product.

The Acting General Manager, the Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Dr Omar Ibrahim disclosed this in Abuja.

He however assured Nigerians that normalcy would return in the distribution of  petroleum products by Thursday.

Ibrahim said that the scarcity was due to attack on two points of its major pipelines at Akute in Lagos and Ogere in Ogun, where pipelines were vandalised by saboteurs.

He noted that the problem was that of distribution, but not shortage of supply, saying that the corporation had been working on the two points to restore operations since Tuesday.

“It was a problem of distribution and not shortage of supply, and it was due to the vandalisation of the two main lines of Mosimi and Atlas Cove.

“Our team has started working since Tuesday and as at Wednesday we have started re-streaming Mosimi line.

“With the two lines in operation, normalcy will return immediately because we are also monitoring the pipeline,” he stated.
He advised Nigerians not to engage in panic buying.

The Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) has also said there were enough products in stock.

Nasir Imodagbe, PPMC’s spokesperson said, ``we have robust supply of fuel, same with NNPC to serve the country for days; I don’t know where the issue of scarcity is coming from.’’

While warning marketers not to engage in hoarding of fuel, Imodagbe warned that anyone caught would be made to face the music.

“We are appealing to Nigerians not to engage in panic buying, because there are enough products to keep the country moving.

“We advise the marketers not to hoard fuel as anyone caught would be sanctioned," he said.

-    NAN

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