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Fuel queues will disappear before the end of this week: NNPC

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said Tuesday that the normalcy would return to the supply of petrol across the country before the end this week.

Long queues at filling stations which had long disappeared under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan resurfaced last week, spawning some conspiracy theories by politicians who latch on every bit of opportunity to trade blames.

The Group Executive Director Commercial and Investment, Aisha Abdulrahman,  in Abuja on Tuesday assured the general public that the predicament would be over within this week.

Abdulrahaman said the glitch that disrupted fuel supply in the last few days had been addressed as the NNPC now had adequate stock that could last between twenty and thirty days.

She spoke when the Supervising Minister of Information, Chief Edem Duke led a team of reporters for on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the filling stations.

she enjoined owners of  filling stations to complement NNPC retail outlets by selling petrol for twenty-four hours in order to clear the fuel queues across the country.

The Group Executive Director added that there was no need for panic buying or hoarding as the corporation is primed to sustain the product,supply.

The  Supervising Minister of Information, Chief Edem Duke, on his part falted the claims by the political opposition that there was fuel scarcity.

according to him,  all the depots across the country are wet with fuel.

The minister blamed the queues in the filling stations on speculation and panic buying.

He berated the political opposition for cashing in on the fuel situation to score cheap political point and assured that the Jonathan Administration would remain responsive to the welfare and economic well-being of the citizens.

“A good government cannot inflict scarcity on its people. It cannot bite its nose to spite its face, especially at a time when there is political tension. There is no government worth its onions that will say rather than focus on strategies to win election, let us deprive the citizenry of adequate supply of petroleum products.

“So when people are sitting in Dubai and issuing statements that are unfounded, I think we as the conscience of the nation should know better,” he stated.

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