Queues for premium motor spirit otherwise known as petrol appears to be gradually reducing at some fuel stations in the Nation’s Capital Abuja as well as parts of neighbouring Niger and Nasarawa States – following the release of about 67 million litres of PMS by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited – to marketers.
Virtually all the major filling stations that used to have long queues in Abuja were without queues on Wednesday, as most of them dispensed petrol to motorists sighted in their various outlets.
Some of such fuel stations are Nipco, NNPC, Salbas and a few other outlets on the busy Kubwa-Zuba Expressway who were seen dispensing petrol to motorists without queues; a situation that was completely different on Tuesday.
Also, outlets in Nyanya, Nasarawa State, and Zuba, Niger State, sold products to motorists who didn’t have to spend much time on queues contrary to what was obtainable the previous day.
Explaining the fuel supply data for the country since January 2022, during a meeting with stakeholders in Abuja, the Group Chief Executive Officer, NNPC, Mele Kyari, said whenever the Nation went below 60 million litres of evacuation consistently for more than three days, there was always a resultant crisis across the country.
He however stated that the company had managed to ramp up supply by adding volumes to the market to fill the gaps.
Recall that earlier this week, the NNPC announced that some of its 67 million litres daily supply of PMS were not only smuggled by trucks to neighbouring countries but shipped illegally through marine vessels as well