The NNPC station is the only one that sells at N50 per litre in Abuja.
Some residents of Abuja on Thursday expressed concern over the continued scarcity and high cost of kerosene in the city.
Correspondents who visited some filling stations in the city, report that most of the filling stations did not have the product.
Investigations revealed that only the NNPC Mega Station located in the Central Business District, sells the product at the official price of N50 per litres, while a few others sell at between N120 and N150 per litre.
Buyers were seen in long queues with their jerry cans trying to buy the product at the NNPC station.
Theresa Okorojie, a civil servant, who was on the queue, described the situation as chaotic and called on the NNPC and other relevant government agencies to make the product available to consumers.
“I came all the way from Kubwa to buy kerosene here; I have been here since 5 a.m. and have not been able to get the product.
“The reason why I have come all the way here is because we don’t get kerosene to buy at filling stations in Kubwa and where it is available the price is higher.
“NNPC sells for N50 per litre while others sell for N120 per litre and above,’’ she said
Oruma John, a businessman, said the scarcity of the product at filling stations was bringing untold hardship to his family.
He said his wife relies solely on kerosene for the operation of her restaurant business and for domestic use.
“I came all the way from Mararaba and we hardly get kerosene at filling stations there.
“Even if we do, it is almost three times the amount we buy it here. I have been here since 6:20 a.m., and it is almost noon and they have not attended to us,” he said.
Reacting, Steve Yohanna, the manager of the filling station, said the station was committed to operating in line with government directives.
He said the station would continue to sell the product to the public at the approved price of N50 per litre.
Mr. Yohanna, however, said the station was always overwhelmed by the number of consumers who patronise the it daily.
“Because of this, we have scheduled different days for different cadre of people for the purchase of the product,’’ he said, adding that cards had been issued to customers indicating their designated days.
“We have a card that we issue to our customers; the card indicates the day and time they should come and buy kerosene to avoid unnecessary rush,’’ he said.
Mr. Yohanna said the station had earmarked Mondays for NNPC workers; Tuesday, for the Army and Civil Defense Corps; Wednesday for civil servants; Thursday for the police and Friday for the Federal Road Safety Corps.
Similarly, Saturdays is reserved for the Fire Service, Immigration, Customs, Prison and other security organisations.
He said that security officials had been mandated to ensure that customers follow the schedule strictly to avoid confusion and unnecessary delays.
Other stations visited, which had no kerosene, are Conoil, Total and Yaman oil Ltd, all located in Area 3, Garki, and MRS Filling Station in the Central Area.
It was, however, observed that Remaco Filling Station, Lugbe, was selling the product but at the rate of N120 per litre.
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