FEC orders NNPC to end fuel scarcity before weekend

Lai Mohammed, Minister for Information and Culture, says the Federal Government has given Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, the "marching orders" to ensure that fuel queues at filling stations are eliminated before the week runs out.

Before departing the country, Baru had said, "For the umpteenth time, I wish to call on all Nigerians to stop panic buying".

The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of not having adequate petrol to meet the consumption needs of Nigerians.

He assured the public that the corporation had enough stock of petroleum products to ensure seamless supply and distribution of products across the country, especially during the Yuletide.

Okoronkwo said NNPC is not only a regulator, but also the sole importer of fuel in Nigeria, stressing that the agency can not lie about its operation.

Baru failed to appear before the committee on Tuesday, leading to a reschedule of the meeting to explain the causes of the scarcity.

This, he said, is to avoid the situation where some unpatriotic persons would cause unnecessary hardships for Nigerians in the festive season.

Another marketer at the depot who also spoke under the condition of anonymity said there were less activities at the depots due to an inadequate supply of the products by the NNPC.

"However, given the seriousness of the matter, we made a decision to invite the GMD to come and brief on the development and to enable Nigerians know the situation of things".

He disclosed that the seriousness of the situation informed the need to summon Maikanti himself. NNPC had, on November 30, issued a statement saying there was no plan to increase fuel price at the depot and at filling stations.

"The NNPC has also been directed to look at their supply chain and inform the relevant agencies of their supplies to various stations while they work with that plan to see that anybody found hoarding the product will be sanctioned", Marafa added.