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Marketers blame NNPC for fuel scarcity

01 March 2016, 19:28

Abuja - Oil marketers have blamed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, for the current scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol, in some parts of the country.

The Petroleum Tankers Drivers, PTD, arm of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, blamed the NNPC, for the current scarcity of the product.

National Chairman of the PTD, Comrade Salimon Akanni Oladiti, who made this assertion dismissed the notion that oil marketers were hoarding fuel.

He spoke against the backdrop of biting petrol scarcity in Ibadan which has resulted in increase in the pump price of the product which is now selling at N120 per litre, while some others dispense at N110 per litre. Also in service stations are long queues with motorists struggling to buy the product.

Also read: Petrol now sells for N120 in Ibadan

NNPC, in a statement, on Monday, said it had "secured the commitment of the leadership of Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, (MOMAN) for effective collaboration in this regard and assured that the queues will disappear in the days ahead as supplies are ramped up across the country.

”The statement signed by the corporation’s spokesman, Ohi Alegbe, also said: “The corporation noted that to achieve this, truck-out to filling stations in the Lagos area has been increased from the regular 245 to 295 trucks per day (9.7 million) while truck-out to fuel stations in Abuja from Suleja depot has been stepped up to 210 trucks per day (6.9 million litres) from the regular supply of 160 trucks per day.”

- News 24


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