The Minister of State for Petroleum Dr. Ibe Kachukwu has ordered the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) and Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to undertake special supply of fuel products to ensure availability nation-wide during this Christmas period.
This was made known in Abuja in a statement signed by the General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC Ohi Alegbe stating that the intervention will guarantee high volume release of fuel into the market to make sure it is available during the yuletide season.
The corporation explained that it is partnering with certain strategic depot owners and oil marketers who have enhanced regional logistics systems in several areas of the country. It is no longer news that the persistent fuel crisis has affected all sectors of the economy in recent months with the masses suffering what most people consider government’s insensitivity to the plight of the common man.
Consequently, the long queues in fuel stations appear not be ending soon if such drastic measures are not considered by the government at the centre. Most fuel stations who have the fuel products sell at higher prizes more than the government regulated prize of N87.
In Lagos for instance, our correspondent found out that some filling stations sell at N120 while very few sell at the regulated prize. Those who sell at the regulated prize of N87 have to device special means to manage crowd due to long queues as commuters and other users of the product spend several hours trying to procure the product.
Meanwhile, the unusual queues in this case, spill to the roads to cause major traffic obstruction, with a city like Lagos that naturally has poor traffic situation growing worse.
Nigeria is the 6th richest producer of oil but with little to show for it as over the years, successive governments had been involved in mass corruption and looting of the treasury thereby inflicting pain and hardship on the citizenry.
The present APC led government which won election on the change mantra, promised to fight corruption and institute a positive change.
While this battle appears to have kick started with a couple of politicians and past leaders standing trials on different corruption allegations, critics of the APC government have said president Buhari is only bent on fighting his political enemies.
However, if the declaration of the honourable minister of state for petroleum is anything to go by this season, then Nigerians may soon forget at least if not permanently, but temporally the stress they face in sourcing for fuel products this Christmas period.
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