The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Ndu Ughamadu, on Thursday in Abuja says fuel queues will `normalise’ by Friday and disappear by the weekend.
Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the NNPC spokesman, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that there was an increase in the number of incoming trucks of petrol into the FCT to curb the queues in the city.
It blamed the current petroleum scarcity in the country on marketers of the product. It said part of the problem was the rumour about purported planned increase in the pump price of petrol.
The corporation noted that some marketers in their quest to cash in on the situation suddenly started hoarding products.
He said Maikanti Baru, NNPC Group Managing Director, has assured that the corporation had doubled its daily supply of petrol, from daily 700 trucks, about 27 million – 30 million litres per day supply, to 80 million litres since the current hiccup in the supply chain was noticed a few days back.
He further assured Nigerians that the NNPC had enough products sufficiency that would last up to 30 days.
Baru, who expressed joy at PENGASSAN’s call-off of its planned strike, urged motorists not to engage in panic buying as the corporation had more than enough products for domestic consumption.