Nigerian Government Orders NNPC to Clear Fuel Queues by Weekend

…As Ekiti Filling Stations Remain Under Lock and Key

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been ordered to clear fuel queues in Lagos and Abuja not later than Saturday.

The nation’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa Wednesday, stressed that contrary to reports, the government has no intention of increasing fuel price.

He said: “The government has no intention at all that to increase the pump price of PMS,” adding, “We have enough products till the next one month even till the end of January. This is winter period. There is always more demand for refined products for petroleum during winter period in the colder countries, this is what we are experiencing now.

“Also that it has been the NNPC that has been importing but he has assured. The council gave him a matching order that this fuel scarcity should not last beyond this weekend and they are going to work very hard to ensure that it is curtailed. He assured council that there is actually no cause for alarm.”

Meanwhile as at Wednesday, fuel queues emerged in capital cities  of many states of the federation.  For instance, in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, all filling stations, except BOVAS, remained under lock and key, thereby inflicting hardship on motorists, who had to queue for hours.

NNPC filling stations located along Bank Road and Oke-Ureje, Ado Ekiti visited by Motoring World correspondent, did not open for business. Meanwhile Motoring World investigation revealed that most of the stations that refused to sell fuel to the public had abundant of fuel in their underground tank.

From our findings, BOVAS Group were the only filling stations opened in the entire Ekiti state capital, selling fuel to motorists and jerry can owners at the rate of N143 per liter.

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