Abuja - Long queues of vehicles waiting to buy petrol from service stations on Tuesday resurfaced in some parts of the country, forcing the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, to cut short his official trip to London.
He said Dr Kachikwu who was meant to give a brief on the outcomes of the meeting was attending another crucial meeting to end the long fuel queues witnessed across the country, Channels tv reports.
In Kano State, for instance, the scarcity is already biting hard as President Muhammadu Buhari begins his two-day working visit today.
The corporation was reacting to tension buoyed by crossfire between Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN) and depot owners over hike in ex-depot price above the modulated N133.28 per litre.
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The NNPC in a release also informed Nigerians that there was no plan whatsoever to increase the prices of petroleum products both at the ex-depot level and pump price ahead of the forthcoming yuletide.
It assured that its downstream subsidiary companies, namely the Petroleum Products Marketing Company and NNPC Retail Limited were fully geared up to ensure that motorists enjoy uninterrupted access to petrol throughout the nation.
Fuel queues were also seen at most filling stations in Kaduna, while others closed for business activities.
"The trucks have started loading the products and we hope by tomorrow when the commodity would have reached the filling stations, the problem will be over", he said. Sokoto Operations Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr. Mohamme Makera, said that the problem would soon ease off.
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"I wish to call on all Nigerians to stop panic buying. We have said times without number that NNPC has sufficient products to cater for the needs of all consumers", he said. There is always more demand for refined products for petroleum during winter period in the colder countries.
He said "Immediately the issue came up, we contacted NNPC to know the situation of things and we were told that the rumours were unfounded and that they have written rejoinders to that effect".
"Unfortunately he wrote informing us of his inability to honour the invitation".
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