By Chineme Okafor in Abuja
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that scarcity of petrol in Abuja and Lagos has become a thing of the past, boasting that it has successfully cleared petrol queues in both cities and is now heading to repeat the same in other states of the federation.
The NNPC, in a statement from its Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, stated that with the situation in Abuja and Lagos reportedly contained, it would now focus its commitment to increase truck outs of petrol to other states to restore normalcy in supply and distribution across the country.
The statement, which quoted NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, on the efforts made so far by the corporation in this regards, also came at a time a coalition of civil society groups under the aegis of Civil Society for Development Initiative (CSDI) on Sunday in Abuja came down hard on oil marketers in the country, alleging that they were behind the scarcity at a time Nigerians were celebrating the Christmas and New Year.
However, Baru, according to the NNPC’s statement, said: “As far as truck out is concerned, we have more than doubled the number of trucks that are going out into the country.
“Yesterday, we loaded and distributed products from coastal and strategic inland depots like Jos. We loaded I,733 trucks yesterday and the actual normal number of trucks we required to keep the country wet is about 700 but we have been doing 800 to 850 trucks before the petrol scarcity.
“We have stepped up the number of truck outs to 1,733 as a minimum and we have sustained this for a week and there will be more than enough products for motorists in the weeks ahead.”