Fairly long queues for petrol have surfaced in filling stations across the country, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, despite promises by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure adequate fuel supply in all parts of the Country during the yuletide.
Meanwhile, NNPC has debunked rumors of increase in Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, saying there are no plans by the Corporation to increase prices of petroleum products.
In a statement signed by the General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu said the ex-depot petrol price of N133.38 per litre and the pump price of N143/N145 per litre remains the same.
Ughamadu assured Nigerians that there is enough fuel in stock to ensure seamless supply and distribution of products across the Country, enjoining motorists to avoid panic buying and the dangerous practice of storing petroleum products at home.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, who failed to appear before the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) on Tuesday, has been rescheduled to appear before the committee on Thursday, over the rising scarcity of PMS across the country.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, said the welfare of Nigerians is paramount to the Senate, especially during the yuletide when Nigerians would be traveling to visit loved ones.
Mafara further stated that members of the committee would embark on oversight visit to each State; a sub-committee would be formed in order to cover the entire Nation.
Some motorists said the situation was a cause for concern, appealing the Government to take immediate action.
Other motorists pointed out that efforts must be made to curb the problem of fuel scarcity, as Nigerians were happy that fuel scarcity during the yuletide had become history, only for the problem to resurface now.