In spite of assurances by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to Nigerians of adequate fuel supply in all parts of the country, fairly long queues for petrol have resurfaced in filling stations on Tuesday in Abuja.
A survey around the federal capital showed that the queues resurfaced early in the morning at a few stations, especially in the central area.
A drive around the metropolis showed that some of the fuel stations, which hitherto had idle pump attendants, now had queues to attend to.
Speaking to NAN, a civil servant, Hannah Mshelia, said “I was on my way to work this morning and I saw a little queue at the Conoil opposite NNPC towers.
“I decided to top-up my fuel because you don’t know what may happen later in the day.”
Msheila confirmed that though she had heard of abundant supplies at the depots from the news, she still had to buy ”just in case”.
The NNPC had assured motorists that there was enough fuel at depots to last the yuletide and beyond.
‘We have enough stock’
Meanwhile, the NNPC Spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu in a statement, urged Nigerians to stop panic buying, reiterating that there was enough fuel in the nation’s depots.
The NNPC had said that the ex-depot petrol price of N133.38 per litre and the pump price of N143/N145 per litre had not changed, noting that the Corporation had enough stock of fuel to ensure seamless supply and distribution of products across the country.
It assured that the Corporation had the full commitment of all downstream stakeholders, including petroleum marketers and industry unions, to cooperate in achieving zero fuel scarcity this season and beyond.