Petrol: Queues Disappear In Abuja After DSS Ultimatum To Marketers

Petrol: Queues Disappear In Abuja After DSS Ultimatum To Marketers

 

* We have 300m litres 20-day supply of clean petrol; 

* 39,000mt vessel waiting to offload — FG

* Price at black market drops to N300/litre

 

Barely twenty-four after the Department of State Services, DSS, handed down a 48-hour ultimatum to marketers to end the ongoing petrol shortage across the country, queues at filling stations in Abuja were shorter yesterday.

Checks around the City however showed that most stations were still shut down with black marketers selling the product at N300 per litre, down from the N350 per litre sold the previous days.

At the city centre, queues were noticeably shorter than it used to be at the TotalEnergies station opposite the NNPC Towers while the Conoil station was shut.

Checks also showed that most stations along the Kubwa expressway including Shema, Salbas, NIPCO, Eterna had shorter queues unlike days before the DSS handed a 48-hour ultimatum to the marketers to ensure adequate supply.

Also Total filling Station located along Gado Nasco Road Kubwa, opened to motorists after weeks of shut down.

Our reporter who visited the station noticed a long but orderly queue of motorists waiting for their turn to buy the product.

The case was however different at Eterna Petroleum Station located along Kubwa Dei-Dei ExpressWay as the station remained shut to members of the public as fuel attendants were seen loitering around waiting for directives.

One of the attendants who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity for fear of sanctions said, “We’ve exhausted our supply, we even sold yesterday until late last night.”

In Utako District of the City, most petrol stations were also shut down.

For instance, NNPC retail outlet which was formerly Oando located at airport junction, Jabi; Forte Oil, NIPCO oil, all along Jabi/Utako axis were not selling. But AA. Rano mega station at Utako junction was selling.

Outside the city however, the few independent marketers which were opened sold above N250 per litre.

In Kuje Area Council of the FCT, marketers openly flouted the directives as black marketers continue to have a field day.

However, most of the major marketers sold between N179 and N185 per litre.

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