Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), yesterday, said the current biting fuel situation in the country will end before the end of the week.
The NNPC Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment, Aisha Abdulrahman, who gave the assurance in Abuja, said all queues at filling stations across the country would disappear before the end of this week.
Speaking when the Supervising Minister of Information, Chief Edem Duke, led a team of reporters on an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the filling stations, Abdulrahman said the situation had been addressed, adding that the NNPC currently had adequate stock that could last between 20 and 30 days.
She urged filling stations to complement the NNPC retail outlets by selling petrol for 24 hours to clear the fuel queues across the country.
Abdulrahman discouraged speculation, panic buying and hoarding of fuel, saying the NNPC had flooded the country with petroleum products.
On his part, Duke took a swipe at the opposition political party, denying that there was fuel scarcity.
He said all the depots across the country were wet with fuel, but that the queues in the filling stations were due to speculation and panic buying.
He lambasted the opposition for cashing in on the fuel situation to score cheap political point, even as he assured that the Jonathan’s administration would remain responsive to the welfare and economic well being of the citizenry.
“A good government cannot inflict scarcity on its people. It cannot bite its nose to spite its face, especially at a time when there is political tension.
“There is no government worth its onions that will say, rather than focus on strategies to win election, ‘let us deprive the citizenry of adequate supply of petroleum products’.
“So, when people are sitting in Dubai and issuing statements that are unfounded, I think we, as the conscience of the nation, should know better,” Duke said.
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