Fuel scarcity is back in Nigeria and it’s taking its usual toll on everyday life of ordinary citizens. There are reports of long queues at filling stations, hiked transport fares on commercial vehicles and grueling traffic jams.
Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer yet, for years, we’ve suffered from scarcity of petrol, how?
The Minister of Petroleum Resources seems to think it’s the fault of the petroleum marketers. Speaking to Nigeria’s premium Times after an unscheduled inspection of petrol stations in Lagos, Mrs Diezani Alison- Madueke stated, “We have enough fuel to serve the country, the challenge we are having is that, some drivers will not supply the lifted products to designated filling stations,” the minister said.
“Having gone round the state, it is not just the filling stations at Ikoyi that appeared to be without product, but other extreme locations like Ajah and other parts in Surulere. It appears there are lots of factors militating against efficient delivery of fuel.”
The minister said she had received reports that some marketers instructed their drivers to change the number plates of their trucks to make it difficult for tracking.
“I have directed the heads of the agencies – DPR, PPMC and PPPRA – to give me a clear picture and timeline in terms of numbers of trucks coming into Lagos,” she said.
She said, “there is diversion and I want some ideas about the diversion. If we can establish there is, I want to know how this is being done.
“They need to supply me how these trucks are being tracked because diversion is not easy to do.
“They will be sanctioned and I’m ready to publish names of anybody that may be involved.”
The minister assured Nigerians that the government has a reserve stock of petrol that could last the next two weeks. (NAN).
Let’s hope this gets resolved promptly.