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Fuel Queues Return As NNPC, Marketers Allay Fears 

Normalcy will return to filling stations today, says NNPC.

Funsho Akinwale

Fuel queues on Friday returned to several filling stations in Lagos following a supply hitch that affected the free flow of distribution of the petroleum product.

But NNPC and some groups of marketers have allayed fears of the masses that the problem associated with the epileptic supply of the products have been resolved on Friday, adding that more vessels are expected to arrive Apapa port and dispense the product this weekend.

NNPC, while appealing to Nigerians on Friday over the scarcity, stressed the need to disregard the trending social media reports of an impending fuel scarcity due to the refusal by some oil marketers to lift the products from depots.

Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the Group General Manager, Group Affairs Division, in his statement noted that the story being peddled on the Internet is the fabrication of mischief makers to create unnecessary panic in the fuel supply and distribution section across the country.

He assured Nigerians that there is over one billion litres of petrol in stock, stressing that there is no need for panic buying or hoarding of the product in anticipation of scarcity.

Also reacting on the fuel scarcity, Clement Isong, the Chief Executive, in his address said the problem led to the loss of a couple of hours in the transition of products between vessels and stations.

“But that hitch was resolved since Thursday, and we are pumping out as much as possible.

“Hopefully, the queues should have been cleared by tomorrow (Saturday) morning,” he said.