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Fuel Scarcity: Long queues persist in Abuja

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Long queues are still being witnessed on Tuesday in most petrol stations in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, the DAILY NIGERIAN reports.

A survey by our correspondent showed that while some petrol stations were shutdown, others were dispensing with few of their nozzles.

Some of the stations not dispensing the commodity included Gegu Filling Station, AA Rano Oil, Mobil and Conoil, all located along the Kubwa expressway.

At Eterna Oil, Dan Oil, MRS and NNPC on the same axis, motorists were seen in queues, waiting for their turn to buy the product.

At the Central Business District, massive queues were seen at the Conoil and Total Fulling Stations opposite the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Towers.

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Also, long queues were seen at the NNPC Mega and Eterna Filling Stations at the Wuse Zone 1 axis.

At Mbora District by Lifecamp and Idu industrial areas, minimal queues were seen at the AYA Ashafa Petrol Station, while in Lugbe, along the Airport Road, there were long queues at some of the petrol stations.

Some of the motorists told our correspondent that they had to store petrol in their cars and Jerry cans for future use, in case the queues persist.

One of them, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “We are in uncertain times in Nigeria; I want to fill up my car while I wait to see how things unfold.

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“Our leaders need to sit-up, we need good governance at all levels,” he said.

Another motorist, who simply identified himself as Charles, stated that he was held in the traffic because of the fuel queues.

“This is crazy; I have been in this traffic for almost an hour; and as you can see, everywhere is completely blocked.

“I don’t even understand why we are having this scarcity at this point in time,” he said.

Meanwhile, the NNPC had cautioned motorists against panic buying of the commodity, assuring of normalcy in the supply of petroleum products.

Dr Kennie Obateru, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, said that the long queues currently being experienced were due to the curfew, imposed in some states over the #EndSARS protests.

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He said that the curfew affected the free movement of vehicles for the supply of products, but assured of normalcy in a couple of days.

“The disruptions and curtailment of free flow of vehicular movement occasioned by the #EndSARS protests, the attendant curfews, restrictions and vandalism affect the supply situation.

“Normalcy is expected to return to the petroleum products supply chain in the next couple of days.

“There is no need for panic buying, be rest assured that supply will soon return to the entire country,” he said.

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