The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) says the petrol queues being experienced across the country is caused by constrained movements of trucks to load the commodity in Lagos State as a result of ongoing road construction.
NNPCL explained that the projects around Apapa and access road challenges in some parts of Lagos depots has impacted loading of petrol to Abuja and other parts of the country.
NNPC’s Executive Vice-President, Downstream, Mr Adeyemi Adetunji, told a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday: “The recent queues in Lagos are largely due to ongoing road infrastructure projects around Apapa and access road challenges in some parts of Lagos depots.
“The gridlock is easing out and NNPC has programmed vessels and trucks to unconstrained depots and massive loadouts from depots to various states are closely being monitored.”
On the effect of the Lagos gridlocks on petrol distribution, Adetunji also said:
“Abuja is impacted by the challenges recorded in Lagos. NNPC Retail and key marketers have intensified dedicated loading into Abuja to restore normalcy as soon as possible.”
He, however, assured Nigerians that efforts are ongoing to ensure that normalcy returns as soon as possible.
“We want to reassure all Nigerians that NNPC has sufficient products, and we significantly increased products loading including 24-hour operations in selected depots and extended hours at strategic stations to ensure products sufficiency nationwide.
“We are also working with the NMDPRA, MOMAN, DAPPMAN, IPMAN, NARTO, PTD, and other industry stakeholders to ensure normalcy is returned,” he said.
On the current petrol stock, Adetunji confirmed that NNPC has a national PMS stock of over 2 billion litres which would last more than 30 days.