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Fuel scarcity forces NNPC boss back from foreign trip

Fuel scarcity forces NNPC boss back from foreign trip

As at 1p.m. yesterday when THISDAY concluded its round of visits to service stations in Maitama, Wuse, Jabi, along Kubwa Expressway and Nyanya axis, vehicular queues had built up, but the stations were dispensing at the official pump price of N143 to N145 per litre.

Sahara Reporters went out on the streets to talk to people waiting on the queues, to hear what they have to say.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday ordered both the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Maikanti Baru to end fuel scarcity by this weekend.

Some Independent Petroleum Marketers were alleged to have deliberately hoarded the products, leading to long queues at some filling stations in cities across the country.

Before leaving for London, the GMD had directed that more truckload of petroleum products be dispatched to various parts of the country to cushion the effects of excessive demand caused by panic buying.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Cor por at i o n (NNPC) has denied plans to hike price of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol above N145 per litre during this Yuletide.

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This according to him is because the Corporation has enough stock of fuel to ensure seamless supply and distribution of products across the country.

Speaking after an investigative hearing on the matter yesterday, Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, said the NNPC boss is to appear before the committee tomorrow.

Marafa said the Senate would not watch some unpatriotic persons put Nigerians through any form of hardship, particularly during the Yuletide.

"Right now, we are having a total shortage of products because we are not getting supply from our depots".

"However, given the seriousness of the matter, we chose to invite the GMD to come and brief on the development and to enable Nigerians know the situation of things". NNPC had, on November 30, issued a statement saying there was no plan to increase fuel price at the depot and at filling stations.