Petrol shortages have brought Nigeria to a standstill in the last few years through day-long queues for fuel, widespread power cuts at businesses that rely on petrol-driven generators to withstand frequent power outages and grounded planes.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, in a statement, said Baru rushed back to the country to salvage the fuel supply and distribution challenges witnessed in some parts of the country, which he attributed to panic buying from motorists.
"Now, a litre of petrol is being sold to IPMAN members by Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPMAN) at N141, apart from running costs, bank charges and other expenses", he stated.
According to him, "we really don't know why they are deliberately giving us inadequate supplies and supplying the private depot owners products".
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A source among the marketers stated that NNPC, being the sole importer of petrol, should be held responsible for the resurfacing of queues across the country.
One of the hawkers, Ibrahim Umar, who spoke to INDEPENDENT lamented the high cost of the product, saying they also buy it at a very exorbitant price of N2,250 per 10 litre gallon. There is also the Managing Director of Petroleum and Product Marketing Company.
"So the NNPC and the major marketers have been struggling to discharge effectively for the last two months, hence, the queues were the resultant effects we are seeing now", a source said.
In Jabi, THISDAY observed queues at a NIPCO filling station which was equally dispensing to consumers.
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When the Nigerian tribune visited some filling stations in Ibadan metropolis on Tuesday afternoon, there were no signs of queue.
He warned filling stations in the habit of hoarding fuel to inflict untold pains on Nigerians to desist as it would not be business as usual.
Baru is expected to appear before the committee on Thursday. Sokoto Operations Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr. Mohamme Makera, said that the problem would soon ease off.
Similarly, motorists who bought petrol from the Ascon station along the IBB Way in Wuse, said they spent an average of 30 minutes to get in and out of the station with petrol in their tanks.
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