– NNPC boss, Maikanti Baru announces fuel normalcy is returning to major cities across the country.
– He blamed marketers for diverting and hoarding the product which subsequently led to the fuel scarcity.
Fuel situation would soon return to normal nationwide – Maikanti tells Nigerians.
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, on Friday claimed the fuel scarcity which enveloped the nation shortly before the Christmas holidays and festivities has been brought under control by the federal government.
He also revealed the initial scarcity encountered by Nigerians was due to the greedy nature of oil marketers who hoarded and diverted the product due to a rumoured price hike.
He once again stated that the government has enough fuel reserve to cater to the needs of Nigerians for the next 30 days.
The NNPC boss made the disclosures in an interview with State House correspondents after the Jumat service in Abuja.
Abuja, Lagos and many other cities in the country are returning to normalcy as far as fuel distribution is concerned as disclosed by him.
Baru said, “I’m happy to report that we have tamed the monster that reared its head as a result of the rumoured price increase about three weeks ago.
“Unfortunately, that rumour instigated a lot of marketers to be very greedy and they decided that their fellow citizens should not enjoy the Christmas holiday and New Year with ease and decided to profiteer, starting by hoarding and diversion of products.
“At the beginning, I did address the press, telling the world that we have sufficient products that will last us 30 days through the New Year into January; but because the marketers wanted to inflict harm and pains on fellow citizens, they decided to hoard products, divert them and in some cases, even smuggled products out of the country.”
“This has been tamed by the actions we took and I personally led the war around Abuja and other teams led the war in Lagos and other parts of the country.
“As of this (Friday) morning, I have gone round the Abuja metropolis and I have seen that the queues have reduced significantly to almost normal level and few motorists that I heard speaking on morning programmes concerning what I have seen said they have not spent up to 30 minutes to fuel their car.
“So, the monster has been tamed in Lagos, the situation has been brought into normalcy as far as two days ago and we are also achieving the same thing in all other cities.”
Source: Naija News