Fuel scarcity: Senate summons NNPC boss

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The Federal Executive Council has ordered the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Petroleum Ministry to ensure the current fuel scarcity in some parts of the country does not last beyond weekend.

But majority of filling stations in Lagos and environs were dispensing while scanty queues were noticed in few others.

In Kano State, for instance, the scarcity is already biting hard as President Muhammadu Buhari begins his two-day working visit today.

The solution to the lingering fuel crisis is for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to stop supplying fuel to Depots and Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPMAN), the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) National President, Chief Chinedu Okoronkwo, has said.

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"No. The government has no intention at all that to increase the pump price of PMS".

"It has been the NNPC that has been importing but he (GMD) has assured".

However, the NNPC in a statement from its Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, reiterated that there was no need for the sudden return of queues at petrol stations across the country, stating that it had enough stocks.

"Right now, we are having a total shortage of products because we are not getting supply from our depots".

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The IPMAN, Western zone had last week urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and NNPC to clamped down private depots selling petrol above the ex-depot price of N 133.28k.

"In a bid to salvage the fuel supply and distribution challenges witnessed in some parts of the country due to panic buying from motorists, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, cut short his trip to London". We have said times without number that NNPC has sufficient products to cater for the needs of all consumers.

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. "We will also inspect tanks in filling stations to ensure that Nigerians are not taken advantage of", Marafa added.

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