Fuel Queues Disappear Across Nigeria as NNPCL Resolves Supply Issues

Fuel queues have vanished from Nigerian filling stations after NNPCL intervened to resolve logistical issues disrupting fuel distribution. The company now has a 1.5 billion-liter fuel supply, sufficient for at least 30 days, and queues are expected to disappear soon.

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Fuel Queues Disappear Across Nigeria as NNPCL Resolves Supply Issues

Fuel Queues Disappear Across Nigeria as NNPCL Resolves Supply Issues

Fuel queues have vanished from filling stations across Nigeria's major cities, including Abuja, with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPCL) successfully intervening to resolve logistical issues that had disrupted fuel distribution. Led by Group Chief Executive Officer Mele Kyari and Executive Vice-President, Downstream Adedapo Segun, the NNPCL worked diligently to clear the supply disruptions and ensure downstream energy stability.

Why this matters: The resolution of fuel supply issues has significant implications for Nigeria's economy and daily life, as fuel scarcity can lead to widespread disruptions and inflation. The resolution of fuel supply issues has significant implications for Nigeria's economy and daily life, as fuel scarcity can lead to widespread disruptions and inflation. A stable fuel supply also ensures the smooth operation of vital services, such as transportation and healthcare, which are critical to the well-being of citizens.

The NNPCL currently has an availability of products exceeding 1.5 billion litres, which can last for at least 30 days. The three-day disruption in distribution was attributed to logistical challenges that have since been resolved. Ethnic Youth Leaders' Spokesperson, Malam Kabiru, praised the efforts, stating, "Just when NANS is threatening mass protest NNPCL under Kyari has given Nigerians its words that the company currently has an availability of products exceeding 1.5 billion litres, which can last for at least 30 days." The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) concurred that with the NNPCL's intervention, the queues will disappear from filling stations as more products become available for marketers to lift and the supply stabilizes. Malam Kabiru added, "And fortunate enough, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) concurred that with intervention of the NNPCL, the queues will disappear from filling stations as more products will be available for lifting by marketers and the supply will be stabilize."

The Ethnic Youth Leaders commended Mele Kyari and Adedapo Segun for their efforts in addressing the fuel supply disruption and ensuring downstream energy stability, aligning with President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu's 'Renewed Hope Agenda'. Despite calls from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for Kyari's resignation, the Ethnic Youth Leaders emphasized that Kyari has been working hard to ensure adequate fuel supply and availability despite daunting challenges.

Prior to the Federal Government's assurance that the ongoing petrol supply shortages would ease, most filling stations across Abuja remained shut, with only a few outlets operated by major marketers open to motorists. Long queues were observed at stations operated by Conoil, TotalEnergies, and NNPC Retail in the Central Area of Abuja, while almost all stations operated by independent marketers were closed.

In Lagos, petrol stations along Badagry road, Orile, Festac, Amuwo, and Ajegunle had their gates shut as a result of a lack of product, while those with product sold between N700 and N1,000 per litre to customers. Clement Isong, CEO of Major Energy Marketers Association of Nigeria (MEMAN), explained that collaborations amongst its members, including product swaps, have kept their stations wet. "The advantage we have is that we share logistics in Apapa, which is an excellent platform to work with. They call it the Apapa hub. All our members have depot facilities in Apapa and so logically, over time, we learned to work together for the efficiency of the Apapa hub,"Isong stated.

MEMAN sent out about 700 trucks to stations across the country, assuring that the queues will ease in the coming days. However, Chief Chinedu Ukadike, Public Relations Officer of IPMAN, blamed the acute shortage in supply on importation bottlenecks and the slow pace of marketers' licence renewal process by the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA). Ukadike disclosed that only 1,050 marketers out of 15,000 have had their licences renewed by NMDPRA.

IPMAN-operated stations were selling at higher pump prices as they loaded privately owned depots at N800 per litre. Maxi Oliver Okolo, Chairman of IPMAN Aba Depot, stated,"It's impossible for us to sell below that amount and that is why we have asked the government to intervene and ensure that we also get our products directly from NNPC depots. That is the only way we can compete and remain profitable."

Fuel supply situation improvements will bring a return to normalcy at filling stations nationwide.

Key Takeaways

  • Fuel queues disappear from Nigerian cities after NNPCL's intervention.
  • NNPCL has 1.5 billion liters of fuel, enough for 30 days.
  • Logistical challenges resolved, fuel distribution stabilizes.
  • IPMAN and MEMAN praise NNPCL's efforts, predict queue disappearance.
  • Fuel supply improvement to bring normalcy to filling stations nationwide.