FG mandates Kachikwu, Baru to clear fuel queues before next week

Petrol queues return to Nigerian major cities

Nigerian motorists queuing for fuel told there are no shortages

NNPC's spokesman also gave the assurance that the ex-depot petrol price of N133.38 per litre and the pump price of N143/N145 per litre have not changed.

The Federal Government has ordered the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to ensure that the fuel scarcity now being witnessed across the country does not extend beyond this weekend.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Cor por at i o n (NNPC) has denied plans to hike price of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol above N145 per litre during this Yuletide.

Mr Baru reacted to the development before his departure from the country, where he again stressed that everything was being done to address the situation.

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. "We have said times without number that NNPC has sufficient products to cater for the needs of all consumers", Baru stated via a statement on Tuesday.

NNPC also assured that there was no plan to increase fuel price at depot and fuel station.

The NNPC's Spokesperson, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, urged Nigerians on Tuesday to stop panic buying, reiterating that there was enough fuel in the nation's depots.

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The NNPC enjoined motorists not to engage in panic buying or indulge in the unsafe practice of stocking petroleum products in jerry cans at home.

He said IPMAN yielded to NNPC's appeal because of members of the public who engaged in panic buying of petroleum products since the IPMAN's announcement.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, stated this in a news briefing, shortly after an investigative hearing on the matter in Abuja, on Tuesday.

This, he said, is to avoid the situation where some unpatriotic persons would cause unnecessary hardships for Nigerians in the festive season. "We will break into sub-committees to be able to cover the entire country for the inspection", he said.

"We will not stop at that".

"There is only one vessel at the terminal ready to discharge, all marketers, major, independent and private depot owners, now depend on NNPC for products", he said.

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