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NNPC blames low load-outs for return of fuel queues in Abuja

Queues at NNPC fuel station

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd., has attributed the return of fuel queues in Abuja to low load-outs at depots, which usually happens during long public holidays.

The NNPC in a statement yesterday also said it is working with its marketing partners to take necessary measures to ramp up loading from all depots.

Reacting to the long queues in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), it said: “The NNPC Ltd notes the sudden appearance of fuel queues in parts of Abuja. This is very likely due to low load-outs at depots which usually happen during long public holidays, in this case, the Sallah celebrations.

“Another contributing factor to the sudden appearances of queues is the increased fuel purchases which is also usual with returning residents of the FCT from the public holiday.”

The NNPC Ltd notes the sudden appearance of fuel queues in parts of Abuja. This is very likely due to low load-outs at depots which usually happen during long public holidays, in this case, the Sallah celebrations.

It added that the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) in conjunction with its marketing partners have taken necessary measures to ramp up loading from all depots.

“We assure all residents of the FCT, and indeed all Nigerians, that we have ample local supplies and national stock in excess of 2.5 billion litres, with sufficiency of more than 43 days.

“The NNPC Ltd hereby advises motorists not to engage in panic buying as supplies are adequate as will become increasingly evident in the coming days,” the statement said

Fuel queues resurfaced in the nation’s capital on Friday, leaving many motorists scrambling to get petroleum products, as many outlets were not selling even as black market hawkers selling in jerry-cans made a killing.

Recall that Nigeria only recently recovered from prolonged scarcity of premium motor spirit (PMS) popularly called petrol, occasioned by high levels of methanol found in imported cargoes.

No importer was sanctioned for the unfortunate incident despite widespread investigations.

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