By Etuka Sunday
From all indications, there is no end in sight for the persistent fuel scarcity in the country, as all efforts by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to arrest the situation appeared futile.
The more the corporation assures of availability of the product, the more Nigerians continue to scamper for the product.
There is no clear reasons advanced by the Federal Government and NNPC for the scarcity, but Peoples Daily’s checks revealed that Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has been suffering the scarcity.
Although, NNPC said it has introduced a programme to bring in two cargoes of the petrol per day for the rest of February 2018 to boost supply, but how that would help to reduce the scarcity remains a mirage.
NNPC said, ”each of the two cargoes is 50 million litres making a total of 100 million litres that will be brought in per day for the rest of February to increase supply and replenish strategic reserves.
“Also, to enhance supply, 45 million litres of petrol was discharged from ships into jetties across the country yesterday.
“Prior to the fresh 45 million litres discharge, there was 324 million litres of petrol on land and 432 million litres in marine storage making a total of 756 million litres, enough to last for 22 days at 35 million daily consumption rate.
“The jetties that received the 45 million litres shipments include Nacj, Apapa; Bop, Apapa; Techo Jetty, Lagos; Dutchess, Oghara; Vine Jetty, Calabar; Chipet Jetty, Lagos; and ECM Jetty, Calabar”.
NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu in a statement said, to ensure efficient distribution of the product to depots in the hinterland, the Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company (NPSC), a midstream subsidiary of the NNPC, has been mandated to fix relevant pipelines to facilitate seamless pumping, in addition to massive trucking arrangement that is in place.
In the statement, the corporation assures that with the measures in place, the fuel queues being experienced in some cities would soon be a thing of the past.