Lagos - Marketers and depot owners have said that consumers might have to endure inadequate supply of the fuel till May.
This is contrary to the promise by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, that lingering fuel scarcity in the country would end on or before Thursday, April 7.
The minister had initially given May as the most likely date for the fuel scarcity to abate but was forced to recant and say the situation should normalise latest by Thursday following criticisms from different segments of the country.
The marketers told one of our correspondents in Lagos on Sunday that the situation on the ground did not give any hope that petrol would be readily available at filling stations this month.
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A source said the fuel situation may linger for some time as only one of the three parking spaces at the Apapa Port was discharging Premium Motor Spirit.
He added that instead of the two vessels that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had promised would discharge by last weekend, only one actually came in.
According to the source, the vessel, which carried 21 million metric tonnes of petrol, berthed at the Apapa Port on Thursday and only commenced discharging its content on Saturday.
- News 24