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Fuel queues disappear in Lagos as supply increases

Long queues at filling stations in and around Lagos metropolis have disappeared as supply of the Premium Motor Sprit from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)’s depots in Ejigbo and Mosimi, Shagamu, Ogun state increased yesterday.

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But motorists in Abuja still had to endure some minutes of waiting on the line before they got fuel Thursday. 

Yesterday in Lagos most outlets were seen waiting for customers unlike on Tuesday when there was chaos at most filling stations due to scarcity.

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 Daily Trust gathered that as a result of the availability of the product at the depots, tanker drivers yesterday intensified effort to ensure immediate evacuation across the state.

Although many independent marketers’ outlets still under lock, major oil marketers’ outlets were opened and dispensing from more than two pumps, unlike the previous days when they were selling from one or two pumps

According to Alhaji  Debo Ahmed, Chairman, IPMAN , West, by Monday the hitches experienced in the last few days  in fuel supply should have been cleared.

Ahmed attributed the ease in supply to NNPC’s increased in supplies to the depots adding that tanker drivers have intensified loading at the depots. 

He also disclosed that some of the private depots that were hitherto selling at above ex-depot price have adjusted their pumps and now selling at the control price of N133.28 per litre.

Also, the Executive Secretary of DAPPMA, Mr Olufemi Adewole, confirmed NNPC’s improved fuel supply to the depot owners, saying that the corporation has been rationing fuel to the depots and that led to shortage. 

“Not all our members are importing. Government owe us over $2 billion. Only a few of our members that have the financial muscles are importing at full capacity, others are just playing along waiting for government for refund so as to pay the banks’ loan and continue with the business”, he said. 


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