Fuel Scarcity Worsens In Abuja As 15 Ships Carrying Petroleum Products Arrive Lagos

Ship Adrift

As fuel scarcity in Abuja worsens, fifteen ships laden with various products including petrol, kerosene and aviation fuel have arrived at the Lagos ports, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said today in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NPA made the disclosure in its daily publication, the ‘Shipping Position’ where it noted that seven of the ships arrived at the ports with petrol, while one ship carried kerosene and aviation fuel.

The NPA also said it was expecting 31 ships to arrive at the Lagos ports from April 7 to April 21, 12 of which would be expected to sail into the ports with containers, while 12 others would arrive with food products. Five ships would be expected at the ports with petrol.

Long queues had resurfaced at filling stations in Abuja following the March 28 presidential election. It eased a little on Monday only to resurface on Tuesday night.

Authorities have, however, faulted Nigerians for the long queues being witnessed at filling stations. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the department of Petroleum resources attributed the situation to panic buying.