Fuel Scarcity: Abuja Receives 5.5m Litres Of Petrol – DPR

fuel_scarcity_abujaThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said on Wednesday that 167 trucks of petrol were supplied to Abuja on Tuesday following the suspension of strike by oil sector workers on Monday.

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASAN), embarked on indefinite strike on May 18.

The two unions were protesting the inability of the government to meet their demands.

The demands included inability by government to carry out turn-around maintenance of refineries and reduction in the pump prices of petroleum products in line with the slump in global prices of crude oil.

The DPR’s spokesperson, Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that filling stations in Abuja received 5.5 million litres (about 167 trucks) by Tuesday night.

Mr. Mohammed said that Suleja Depot, which serves Abuja and its environs, had more than enough fuel to meet the needs of consumers.

The spokesperson expressed the hope that the situation would become normal before the weekend and warned motorists against stockpiling petroleum products.

NAN reports that the scarcity has eased off as many petrol filling stations in Abuja have stocks and are selling.

Many stations on the Airport Road with stocks were selling the product on Wednesday.

In the same vein, Total opposite NNPC towers, Oando filling station near National Planning Commission and Total filling station opposite Twelve Apostles Catholic Church in Area 10 among others were selling the product.

All the stations were selling at the official pump price of N87 per litre as against N150 or N250 per litre during the scarcity.

However, long queues existed at the filling stations.