Despite the lingering petrol scarcity in Abuja, the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, says there is adequate supply of petroleum products in the Nigerian capital and its environs.
The Zonal Controller of DPR, Aliyu Halidu, stated this on Wednesday.
Mr. Halidu spoke against the backdrop of continued queues in filling stations in Abuja. He said the agency had sent out surveillance team to ensure that marketers did not hoard fuel.
He added that product movement was being monitored from the depot to the stations to ensure that they were discharged appropriately.
He warned marketers against hoarding of products because DPR surveillance teams were on ground, stressing that appropriate sanctions would be meted out to offending marketers.
On its part, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said it had commenced fresh measures to halt the artificially- induced scarcity noticeable in some parts of the country. It said nine ships laden with fuel were already discharging at the Lagos sea ports.
Queues were noticeable in some petrol filling stations in Abuja and its environs on Wednesday.
Investigations revealed that although motorists queued for hours to buy fuel, vendors were getting fuel at ease to sell at black market rates.
The vendors operated with jerry cans in the precincts of most of the filling stations that had fuel. They made brisk businesses selling the product at exorbitant prices by the road sides. They sold 10 litres for between N2,000 and N2,500; over double the official pump price.
Ajao Martins, a motorist, said vendors were conniving with some unscrupulous marketers, who take delight in hoarding the commodity.
Mr. Martins wondered why fuel would be sold on the streets while filling station had nothing to dispense. He said some of the stations that refused to sell in the day always sold at nights to the fuel vendors so as to make more money.
â€œThe issue is more of hoarding than inadequate supply,â€ he said.
The petrol scarcity is not only in Abuja, but across the country. Many filling stations in states like Ondo, Enugu, Kogi and others officially sell the product at over N120 per litre to motorists, ignoring the subsidised official pump price of N97 per litre.