Abuja - The long queues that recently
characterised most fuel stations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) eased
off on Wednesday with most of the stations selling the product.
A correspondent of the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) who
monitored some of the fuel stations in the city centre, reports a significant
reduction in cars that queued for the product in the area.
NAN reports that in the Total fuel stations at Area 11,
there was free entry and exit of vehicles as motorists had free access to the
petrol station while fuel attendants dispensed petrol without hitches.
Mr Emmanuel Onaja, a taxi driver at the station, told said
he was surprised to see the sudden disappearance of queues at the station.
He said he had to call some of his colleagues who had parked
their vehicles for lack of fuel to come to the station.
Onaja commended the Total station for its consistency in
dispensing the product.
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"Any time you come here in the day, this filling station is
always selling; they are not like others that specialise in hoarding fuel to
sell to hawkers at night,’’ he said.
He attributed the disappearance of the queues to a recent
directive by the Federal Government to sanction fuel stations involved in fuel
At the Fort Oil filling station in Maitama, motorists were
seen waiting patiently to buy petrol without the usual rush and traffic
witnessed in the past days.
A fuel attendant, who pleaded anonymity, said the reduction
in the queues might be connected to the recent visit by the Minister of State
for Petroleum Resources to some stations.
At Con Oil and Total filing stations opposite the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) tower in Central Area, it was observed
that fuel queues had also reduced.
The significant reduction in fuel queues was also witnessed
at the Total fuel station at area 3, NNPC mega station in Central Area and
Total in Wuse Zone 4.
Alhaji Masure Kalgo, a legal practitioner at the Total fuel
station in Zone 4, attributed the reduction in queues to the constant supply by
He also attributed the situation to the recent meeting
between the NNPC and the oil marketers.
The marketers had pledged to assist in ending fuel queues
across the country.
The NNPC has repeatedly announced that there is no reason
for Nigerians to indulge in panic buying.
NNPC in the last week has continued to supply millions of
liters of petrol on a daily basis to fuel stations through its various depots
in the country.