Fuel Queues: Baru Rushes Back Home

Henrietta Strickland
December 6, 2017

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said there are no plans to increase the price of fuel products during this yuletide season.

NNPC General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu said this in a statement on Monday.

Nigerians, he said, should avoid panic buying and go about their daily activities.

Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune on Tuesday, the South-West zonal chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN), Ahmed Debo, said the NNPC had been playing double standards by favouring the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMA) regarding supply of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol.

"Before departing the country, Baru had directed that more truckloads of petroleum products be dispatched to various parts of the country to cushion the effects of excessive demand caused by panic buying".

It said in the statement that Baru would be back in the country to resolve the fuel supply and distribution challenges, adding that it was as a result of panic buying by motorists.

According to him, "NNPC treats private depot owners (DAPPMA) with priority, by giving them products while they now resell to our members at above the recommended ex-depot price".

Earlier, the NNPC had announced that there was no plan whatsoever to increase the prices of petroleum products both at the ex-depot level and pump price ahead of the forthcoming yuletide.

Dr. Baru, who was expected to receive the Forbes Oil & Gas Man of the Year Award 2017 in London on Tuesday, flew back home to attend to what he described as a "matter of urgent national importance".

Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, stated this while briefing reporters after an investigative hearing on the issues.

"We will take time out to embark on a serious oversight".

He said members of the committee would be regrouped into sub-committees to make it possible for them to visit all the states.

Due to insufficient supply of petrol at NNPC depots, he continued, most marketers are forced to buy product from private depots.

"There is an Executive Director in charge of Downstream who oversees the downstream generally".

Marafa assured that the Senate would work with relevant agencies of government to severely punish any filling station found wanting.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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