Vehicular Queues for Petrol Resurface in Abuja


By Chineme Okafor in Abuja

Queues of vehicles waiting to buy petrol from service stations on Tuesday resurfaced in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, forcing the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, to cut short an official trip to London.

As at 1pm when THISDAY concluded its round of visits to service stations in Maitama, Wuse, Jabi, along Kubwa Expressway, and Nyanya axis, vehicular queues had built up, but the stations were dispensing at the official pump price of N143 to N145 per litre.

At the NNPC station close to the popular Wuse Market end of the district, queues for petrol were building up to the Aminu Kano Way, while the corporation’s mega station along the Kubwa Expressway also had queues for petrol.

In Jabi, THISDAY observed queues at a NIPCO filling station which was equally dispensing to consumers. Attendants at the station told THISDAY that they had fuel and were surprised at the sudden build-up of queues at their station.

Similarly, motorists who bought petrol from the Ascon station along the IBB Way in Wuse, said that they spent an average of 30 minutes to get in and out of the station with petrol in their tanks. In Gwanripa, the situation was quite different as the length of the queues appeared to have been more than what was observed in some parts of the city.

Details later…