Fuel queues continue in Lagos, Ogun despite 250 trucks released by NNPC
Fuel scarcity have continued in various filling stations as motorists and users of Premium Motor Spirit queue up in Lagos and Ogun states.
Punch reports that many fuel stations were shut down on Sunday, January 21, while others sold petrol above the official pump price of N145 per litre.
It was gathered that some pf the stations in the state sold products between N160 and N180 per litre with a charge fee of N200 or more for those who intend to bu in jerrycans.
Meanwhile, having a fields days from the fuel scarcity, the black marketers were seen selling a litre for a high as N250.
The queues at the stations also obstructed the free flow of traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday said that it had released 250 trucks of petrol to Lagos metropolis for effective dispensing at filling stations to forestall any scarcity.
Ndu Ughamadu, the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to him, there has been a slight change in the distribution network in Lagos, as Lagos is currently being supplied by members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).
“At the weekend there was a hitch in discharging of petrol by ships which has been ratified.
“Today, 250 trucks have been discharged to Lagos compared to less than 200 trucks usually allocated to Lagos at the weekend ,” he said.
The NNPC spokesman said that the ships which commenced discharging since Saturday night had finished discharging, adding that in a couple of hours the long queues will disappeared and normalcy will return to Lagos.
Ughamadu, urged motorist to avoid hoarding of petrol and panic buying, as there is sufficient products in stock that will last for days.
The NNPC spokesperson also acknowledged a slight hitch at the Port Harcourt refinery due to power problem.