Fuel queues return amid logistics challenges and flooding…NNPC, stakeholders vow to restore normalcy

Fuel queues have resurfaced in Abuja and parts of Niger and Nasarawa States, with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) attributing the scarcity to disruptions in the supply chain

Among reasons cited by the NNPCL for the disruption include adverse weather conditions affecting ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of petrol between vessels and berthing at jetties; flooding impacting truck load-outs and transportation of products to filling stations; and inability to load petrol during rainstorms and lightning due to flammability of petroleum products and compliance with Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) regulations

Independent marketers have also blamed the hike in ex-depot price of petrol to N710/litre by private depot owners, making it difficult to access and sell the product.

However, in a press release signed by Olufemi Soneye, its Chief Corporate Communications Officer, the NNPCL, and industry stakeholders have vowed to restore normalcy and ensure steady supply of petrol across the country

Motorists are therefore advised to avoid panic buying and maintain calm as the situation is being addressed

Full text of the press release reads:

“The NNPC Ltd wishes to state that the fuel queues seen in the FCT and some parts of the country, were as a result of disruption of ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, between Mother Vessels and Daughter Vessels resulting from recent thunderstorm.

“The adverse weather condition has also affected berthing at jetties, truck load-outs and transportation of products to filling stations, causing a disruption in station supply logistics.

“The NNPC Ltd also states that due to flammability of petroleum products and in compliance with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) regulations, it was impossible to load petrol during rainstorms and lightning.

“Adherence to these regulations is mandatory as any deviation could pose severe danger to the trucks, filling stations and human lives.

“Similarly, the development was compounded by consequential flooding of truck routes which has constrained movement of PMS from the coastal corridors to the Federal Capital, Abuja.

“The NNPC Ltd is working with relevant stakeholders to resolve the logistics challenges and restore seamless supply of petrol to affected areas.

“Already, loading has commenced in areas where these challenges have subsided, and we are hoping the situation will continue to improve in the coming days and full normalcy will restored.

“The NNPC also calls on motorists to avoid panic buying and hoarding of petroleum products.”
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