Despite FEC order, fuel scarcity bites harder across Nigeria

FILE PHOTO: Fuel queue in Abuja

Despite last Wednesday’s directive by the Federal Executive Council, FEC mandating the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to bring an end to the fuel crisis across the country before last weekend, latest PREMIUM TIMES update shows the situation is far from abating.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting in Abuja said Mr. Kachikwu was given marching orders to ensure that the fuel scarcity did not last beyond last weekend.

The minister said efforts were being made to resolve the supply hiccup latest by the weekend.

Also, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, through its spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu, expressed confidence that the long queues that resurfaced in most filling station in Abuja, like most other cities nationwide, would “fizzle out in a matter of hours” last Thursday

Mr. Ughamadu, who blamed the crisis on panic buying by consumers in the wake of the strike threat issued by the Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria, IPMAN, said the corporation had sufficient stock of the commodity at its depots across the country

Besides, he said, further directives were given by the Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Maikanti Baru, for the number of tankers to be supplied to Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos to be increased, to help resolve the crisis as soon as possible.

But, monitoring reports from PREMIUM TIMES correspondents across the country revealed varying situations that showed no respite.

In Abuja and environs, long queues of motorists were still visible outside most filling stations visited on Monday, including the Conoil station directly opposite the NNPC headquarters.

Black market fuel hawkers in jerry cans, who reappeared in the streets of the Federal Capital City, after long spell out of business, had a field day serving anxious motorists outside filling stations at about N200 and above per litre.

The queue around the NNPC mega station in the Central Area District resulted in a serious traffic gridlock in the area.

All the filling stations visited in Karu site and along Nyanya-Jikwoyi-Karshi Express way were not selling petrol.

The NNPC station in Karu site, two Forte Oil stations, Total and Mobil filling stations along the Nyanya-Jikwoyi-Karshi Expressway were out of stock of the commodity.

Two other stations belonging to independent marketers at the CBN Junction and another at Phase 2 Junction on the Expressway were not selling.

Anxious motorists were compelled to patronise the black market, where 10 litres of fuel now sell for N2,500.

In Bauchi, most filling stations were closed for official business, as black market operation now thrives at night, with most independent marketers and road side vendors selling petrol at about N200 per litre.

Major marketers, like Mobil Oil and other big independent marketers only open their stations for few hours daily, mostly in the evenings, with a gallon of petrol selling for N1,000 per five litres.

One of the black market vendors, Ali Missau, told PREMIUM TIMES, “We buy at N175 per litre from the filling stations at night and sell later to motorists between N200 and N220 per litre. We are having good business.”

In Damaturu, Yobe State, the situation has deteriorated, with independent marketers selling petrol at N195 per litre.

The situation in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, worsened at the weekend, with retail fuel price, which rose to about N150 per litre at the onset of the crisis, further rising to N170.

Some of the major marketers, including Mobil and Oando along Oron Road, Uyo, were not opened for business, Monday afternoon.

In Lagos, the fuel queues had reduced compared to last week. While some petrol stations were not selling fuel, others which did in Surulere and along Apapa-Oshodi expressway had few cars on the queue.

Normal sales were ongoing at the NNPC and Total filling stations at Oregun, Ikeja.

In Osun and Ondo states. PREMIUM TIMES reports that the scarcity of petroleum products is biting harder.

In Akure, the Ondo State capital, few stations were observed to have opened for business in the early hours of Monday.

On Sunday, officials of the Ondo State Government went round some of the stations to force them to attend to customers at the approved price of N145, following reports that some stations had already hiked the price.

Despite government’s threat to sanction stations hoarding products, most of them still locked up their gates on Monday apparently in protest, thereby worsening the current crisis in the state.

In Osogbo, the Osun State capital, getting fuel has remained difficult, with long queues seen outside Mobil and NNPC mega stations along Ibadan expressway and by Ring Road in the town.

No fewer than eight filling stations located along Okini-Abunbelewo road were closed to customers.

Those opened earlier in the day in different places had stopped by Monday evening.

The fuel crisis appeared to have subsided in Ekiti as PREMIUM TIMES noted that some of the filling stations opened for normal business.

In Ogun State, the fuel situation remained relatively normal on Monday as motorists did not have any difficulties buying fuel at filling stations in the area.

Normalcy appears to have returned in Kaduna, as most filling stations were having normal business operations as at Monday afternoon.

At Total filling station along Command Junction, Kaduna, motorists were seen being attended to without queues, although pockets of black market hawkers were still hanging around some filling stations without products.

In reaction to the fuel scarcity, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tony Anenih, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take immediate steps to bring the situation to an end.

In a statement on Monday, Mr. Anenih expressed concern that motorists and other groups of Nigerians would be hit the hardest in the run up to Christmas.

The former chairman of the PDP board of trustees said Mr. Buhari had the capacity to halt the recurrent fuel crisis, to avoid the ugly experiences in the past during Christmas and other major festivities.

“Nigerians desire hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebrations. The current fuel scarcity would make that impossible if nothing is done to resolve it quickly,” Mr. Anenih said.


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  • Current

    This is what we get when you appoint a GMD from your stock to simply spend every money available in search of oil in the north and in total disregard for the need for adequate supply of petroleum for the yuletide.

    • government

      Is it GMD that asked filling station owners to hoard fuel.

    • front man

      Nawa 4 you ooo

  • Du Covenant

    Even in coutries where extreme capitalism is practised, sales are a bound during every festive season. What type of system do we run in Nigeria where times like this become opportunities for wickedness and daylight robbery shows its very ugly head?. Why must prices go up during festivities in Nigeria?, even when nothing has changed, some wicked souls must create hardship for fellow citizens, is this what enterpreneurship is all about?. Things are hard in the land, the politicians have cornered all the money in circulation yet, there are people who will stop at nothing from squeezing the air out of everyone of us. Can we not not boycott these people and let them go an drink their fuel or eat their respective commodities?.

    • front man

      Abeg park well

  • Suleiman Alatise

    They are trying everything they can to sabotage the government, not minding the effect on the people, to them it’s all politics, but I have an information for them, they have failed, we won’t allow anyone to hold us to ransom anymore, the so called IPMA should realize that everything has time, there kind of business is fast fading away, they should face reality and start real business “we have enough in this country to feed everyone’s need.

    • Yego V

      Who are the “they”. I’m inclined to believe you are referring to GEJ and me ( an ordinary citizen) . How cheap can you people (APC and Buhari apologists ) go to excuse your failures!. You want the world to believe there’s someone in this world that can sabotage Buhari:: A General ; 2x Head of Sate; Current Petroleum Minister and a devout Muslim. You must be jokini

      • front man

        You can interpret it the way you understand

      • White cane

        You are number one person

        • Yego V

          Please keep praying for me to have the opportunity to get him, Buhari, out: by any means NESESSARY

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    BUHARI AND HIS BUNCH OF FAILURES ARE CONFUSED !! They cannot provide any basic facility……soon they will blame Jonathan .

    • woman leader1

      Shut up, it is you who is confused, they are doing their best to put things right.

    • front man

      Hypocrite

      • stackCrawler

        Thats it

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        For putting down the truth ?…Buhari and those surrounding him are confused

    • White cane

      You must watch how you address your president, why won’t they blame pdp administration? this government is not upto 3years and you are here talking

      • stackCrawler

        Abi oo

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        May thunder hit you in the head for that threat.

  • Kenny

    This government is built on deceit! We don’t believe Buhari and his cronies anymore. I fueled my car @ 160/litre yesterday while on transit @ Owerri.

    • woman leader1

      A very big lie.

    • front man

      We don hear you, you try

      • stackCrawler

        yyes ooo

    • White cane

      Which deceit are talking about pleaes, trying to save this country from collapse is not deceit abi?

  • Edna

    Why have Nigerians suddenly turn deaf and dumb? Is this change for good? The govt promised fuel queues will disappear for good. How can we queue for fuel at N87 and also queue at N145. Nigerians have become cowards!

    • forestgee

      Some Nigerians are queuing for it at N170 presently. They want to come back in 2019 and make it N200!

      • woman leader1

        They will surely come back to make it 50

        • forestgee

          You just resurrect to respond to a message of 3 days! There’s Christmas bonus in this one….lol

        • stackCrawler

          surely

      • front man

        Hypocrite

        • forestgee

          You must be paid agent to tell lies

      • White cane

        What sense are you making

        • forestgee

          Flush your head!

    • front man

      Read well and understand

      • stackCrawler

        gbam

    • White cane

      There’s no queue in Lagos state, confirm very well before typing your story

  • joelaw

    While not holding brief for anyone, the capacity of Nigerians to inflict pain on her neighbor has no comparison, we are so self centered and greedy. It appears some love it when there is chaos and confusion because they ‘prosper’ in it. A generator repair man once said to me ‘oga nepa must not work in Nigeria o, because if it works what will some of us eat’, he went on to narrate some of the methods they adopt in frustrating governments effort. It will be no surprise to me if insiders in collusion with some enemies of state are found later to be responsible for all these. Why aren’t we our brothers keeper, why do we like to inflict pain on one another. It is strange to me. We must change our ways, after all who is the government, it is not a ghost, it is made up of people. Human factor is what is failing Nigeria, any good system that comes here is corrupted in a jiffy, WHY, what is in our gene, what are we made of.

    • Adele Uhuru

      It almost sound like you are blaming the populace for the failures of this current administration thus far to keep promises it made prior to being elected into office ? Now that is not smart one bit-

      • joelaw

        Please read my submission again, there is nothing to suggest what you’re suggesting, I already said….”I will not be surprised if some insiders in collusion with some enemies of state are found to be responsible”. This in anyway does not implicate the average citizen, but that aside, who is the government, we all are. If each one will do things right with the fear of God, things will be better in Nigeria. Aso rock simply lead, it takes citizens in official capacity to implement. It is at this point that we fail mostly, when the human element factor is introduced.

        • front man

          Ignore him

          • stackCrawler

            sure

        • White cane

          Exactly please tell them oooo

      • front man

        Shut up your people are causing this panic buy in the country

        • Olatubosun

          He is a great enemy of the country

          • stackCrawler

            Agreed

        • stackCrawler

          Abi oo

        • Adele Uhuru

          Your people? – moron the panic is the effect of severe gross ineptitude of the government progression and its cronies of corruption by proxy

      • White cane

        Is not about blaming anybody, but it’s high time we take responsibility for things and referring this administration they have done wonderfully well to recover this country from total collapse

        • stackCrawler

          well said

        • Adele Uhuru

          Laughable caused by the current administrations severely lacking approach to governance with zero innovation and or vision – filled corrupt personalities up to the apex office

      • dpfrank

        Looks like you don’t have the brain to understand what he said

        • Adele Uhuru

          Laughable – please do emphasize on his precise point sir brain-a-lot ?

    • White cane

      Exactly you don ‘t blame government for everything we need to be taking responsibility for thing in Nigeria

    • dpfrank

      Gbam

  • shalom

    up APC!!!

    • stackCrawler

      gbam

  • Adele Uhuru

    Buhari you and your moribund cronies are fraudsters and a shameful disappointment, all these monies you are all stealing will you spend it in afterlife ??????

    • dele20

      What trash are you saying?

      • woman leader1

        You can imagine.

        • stackCrawler

          Abi ooooo

      • stackCrawler

        abi oo

      • Adele Uhuru

        To the ears of Buhari worshippers- Yes; but to the logically minded No

    • daygea

      What are you talking about. Don’t just come online and be constituting nuisance cos this administration is one that has integrity.

      • front man

        Don’t mind him he had been paid to rant nonsense here

        • Olatubosun

          Sure…
          I tout as much

          • stackCrawler

            me too

        • stackCrawler

          Nasoo

    • woman leader1

      Why are you here showing the level of your stupidity here, be reasonable for once a beg.

      • Olatubosun

        Ignore that pitch

        • stackCrawler

          Abi o

      • stackCrawler

        well said

      • Adele Uhuru

        Dummy on my worst day I am several times much better than you wil ever represent ?

    • front man

      What is the correlation between this nonsense you posted here and the article, online paid e goat

      • Olatubosun

        Ask him o

      • stackCrawler

        naso

      • Adele Uhuru

        You won’t see it – actually you might if you are courageous enough to remove the clogs from your eyes

    • White cane

      Why must you call President in everything, I don’t know why Nigerians behave this way

    • dpfrank

      You are sick

      • Olatubosun

        He is seriously sick…
        He needs serious deliverance

        • stackCrawler

          agreed

      • stackCrawler

        Surely

      • Adele Uhuru

        Nope I am quite well but your malady has no diagnosis little puppy

    • Olatubosun

      You need deliverance

      • Adele Uhuru

        Nope I am quite delivered – but you are still living in a regressed convoluted world where up is down and down is up , hence your persistent worship of a false oracle

    • Olatubosun

      How do you know…
      Your useles Jonathan and others pdp members fraud the whole nation…
      If not Buhari, these people would have used us for collateral….
      This is Buhari administration…
      No way for nonsense

      • stackCrawler

        well said

      • Adele Uhuru

        You sound just like you president and it is quite clear why you advocate for a vissiinkesss inept administration of thieves stealing those that stole prior and protects those thieves that are close associates- Buhari have already sold you but you can’t see it just yet —- wait for it, it will be clear quite soon

    • THEARGUMENTATOR1

      Sorry. You meant GEJ. Cos am sure you don’t mean Mr President. Because his exposing all you thiefs.

  • woman leader1

    We are indeed blessed with this administration.

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o..
      This administration is wonderful

      • stackCrawler

        agreed

    • stackCrawler

      thats it

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Enemies won’t succeed….apc all d way

    • Olatubosun

      Apc on top

      • stackCrawler

        gbam

    • stackCrawler

      thats certain

  • dpfrank

    FG is on top of the matter

    • Olatubosun

      Sure

    • stackCrawler

      Surely they are

  • Olatubosun

    Enemies shall perish

    • stackCrawler

      surely

  • THEARGUMENTATOR1

    Am sure any station caught having fuel and keeping hold of it will be punished. And sadly I hope Nigerians will understand if such station is locked down. God bless Nigeria