The measures put in place by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)Â to ensure adequateÂ supply of petroleum products in the country andÂ endÂ scarcity of the products are yielding positive resultsÂ as queues are gradually disappearing from service outlets across the country.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that the corporation recently dispatched about 487 trucks to Abuja and Lagos whereÂ consumption isÂ high in furtherance of its promise to end queues atÂ petrol stations inÂ seven days.
Also, the independent marketersÂ and major oil marketers haveÂ been grantedÂ permit to bring in premium motor spirit commonly known as petrol to ensure that products are available in various depots forÂ tanker drivers to lift.
Meanwhile, African Petroleum PlcÂ hasÂ placed order for 10 cargoes of petrolÂ to ensure availability of theÂ products in the country. The national president, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Mr. Tunji Adeniji, said the returnÂ of fuel queuesÂ across the country was because importation of petroleum products into the country was left only for NNPC since the last quarter of 2009. He told Sunday Vanguard:
â€œItÂ was only in November last year that independent marketers were told to import. We were told to start importation only in November and by that time commercial banks were not ready to give out money anymoreâ€.
Western Zonal Chairman, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Tokunbo Korodo, saidÂ the scarcity, which lingered for over three months, was caused by failure on the part of government to import sufficient products.
Korodo explained, â€œProcurement of petroleum products is the responsibility of government, while our duty is to ensure that tanker drivers lift the products fromÂ depots and distribute to different parts of the country.
But in a situation where products are not available in the depots, we blame government for the lapse.â€ Findings by Sunday VanguardÂ revealed that queues are no longer at filling stations in Lagos, as the outlets are dispensing products freely. The price of petrol, however, remained between N80 and N100 in most stations as against the official price of N65.