24 March 2016

Nigeria: Fuel Scarcity - Massive Queues Re-Appear in Abuja

Massive queues have resurfaced at filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, after few days of relief.

The queues increased a day after the Nigerian government said it had no means of ending the scarcity, and that the crisis may last another two months.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported on Thursday that most filling stations in Abuja had queues which stretched over two kilometres.

Some petrol stations along Kubwa Expressway which had long queues of vehicles were AA Rano, NNPC Mega Station, MRS, Bulsalewa, Conoil and Mobil.

Other fuel stations in the Central Area with long queues were Mobil, Conoil, NNPC outlets, Forte Oil, Total, among others.

A motorist, Emeka Ifedikachi, expressed regret over the non-availability of petrol, saying it was unfortunate that government had yet to fix the problem of the supply of petroleum products.

" I read in the papers that the problem will not end till May, which means all the things they have been saying to us were not true.

"I have to queue to fill up my tank because from tomorrow, I have many activities to mark the Easter holidays.

"It is obvious that many people will sleep and celebrate their Easter queuing to buy fuel," he said.

Another customer at the NNPC mega station, Yusuf Ahmed, told NAN that he had been on the queue for over an hour.

"I have been on queue since the last one hour but the good thing is that they are selling; I hope that I will buy soon.

" I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to bring change to this sector, we are suffering," he said.

Also, Margaret John, a Business woman expressed disappointment with government's announcement that the problem would linger till May.

"So, we now have to create time for buying fuel in our cars, I have to close my shop every time I come to buy fuel and it is money that I am losing," she said

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had assured Nigerians that it was doing everything possible to end the fuel queues in parts of the country.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said that the corporation had activated all structures to help stabilise the situation in the weeks ahead.

Mr. Kachikwu said the crisis may last till May.

He apologised to Nigerians for the recent hardship in assessing petroleum products and assured of normalisation of the fuel supply and distribution in the weeks ahead.



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