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Scarcity: Long Queues Return In Lagos

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Fuel Scarcity

Petrol queues yesterday re-surfaced in parts of Lagos State fueling fresh fears of another round of acute scarcity of petrol which marred christmas and new year celebrations.

LEADERSHIP Sunday correspondent who monitored the situation observed that the queue which was noticed in the early hours of the day lengthened towards evening.

Many of the filling stations operated by major marketers were not selling while outlets owned by independent marketers were shut.

Reacting to the situation, a spokesman of NipCo, Alhaji Biodun Lawal said the the volume that is being supply to marketers has marginally dropped.

“I can confirm we are currently loading but I don’t have the statistics. However, I must say that we don’t have enough supply at the moment. I think that explains the resurgence of queue at filling stateions,” he said.

Also speaking, the executive secretary of the depot and Petroleum Products Marketing Association (DAPPMA),  Mr  Femi Adewole declared that there is shortage of petrol supply across the country.

Adewole said that what is playing up at the moment is the preference of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. (NNPC),  deploying more supply to major marketers.

“The truth is that there is short supply at the moment. If NNPC can raise supply we will be able to get to inland areas and focus on major cities but I can tell you there is no much supply from NNPC,” he explained.

The secretary further said that in an efforts to ensure steady products circulation, most depots that are not operating 24 hours currently do 18 hours but where there is shortage in supply such efforts would not be felt.

Efforts to reach general manager group public affairs of NNPC,  Ndu Ughammadu was not possible as he did not pick his calls.



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