By Michael Eboh
The Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, PPMC, Thursday, assured Nigerians that the fuel scarcity currently witnessed across the country would end by weekend.
Speaking in Abuja, Managing Director of the PPMC, Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, stated that right now, more than 300 trucks should be arriving in Abuja.
She added that, Wednesday alone, over one thousand trucks were loaded and trucked out by oil majors and the PPMC , while about 400 intervention trucks are currently being used so as to service marketers and also ensure fuel supply in their filling stations, especially in Abuja and Lagos where they consume about 60 per cent of daily national consumption figures.
She said, “We have people trucking out fuel from Port Harcourt, Warri, Oghara, Calabar as alternative sources for Lagos. So, all efforts are being made to ensure that by weekend, all these would be a thing of the past.
“We have our staff all over, monitoring to make sure that the volumes brought in are actually discharged. In most of the major or strategic stations, they are selling fuel twenty-four hours, which is throughout the day so that the situation is effectively brought to normalcy.”
Nnamdi-Ogbue also stated that about eight vessels carrying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) are coming into the country, each with a capacity of between 30 to 40 thousand metric tonnes, which should be more than enough to ensure sufficiency for the country.