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Fuel Scarcity will Soon Ease Out – DPR

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Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Thursday assured Nigerians that the lingering fuel scarcity across the country will come to an end in the next few days.

Mordecai Ladan, the Director of DPR, gave the assurance after his inspection visit to some private depots in Lagos.

Ladan said: “Petroleum products are coming in gradually; in most of the depots visited, some are being discharged, while there is assurance that some will come in again within 48 hours.

“I think with all we have seen now in the depots visited, petrol should be available in all filling stations across the country in few days time.

“The scarcity of petrol will soon ease out in days to come,” he assured Nigerians.

Ladan appealed to the depots to focus more supply on the independent marketers’ filling stations, saying that they were most affected by scarcity of petrol.

He said that independent marketers have filling stations in most major locations in the country, and most of them had not received supply in weeks.

The DPR inspection team visited Folawiyo Energy Ltd., and NIPCO Tank Farm in Apapa.

At NIPCO, a vessel was discharging over 23 million litres of petroleum as at the time DPR team reached the tank farm.

Taofeek Lawal, the Head, Corporate Communications of NIPCO, said that about 300 petroleum tankers were waiting to load the product.

Lawal said that with 23 million litres of petrol, the company will load over 600 tankers in two days.

He said that NNPC had assured the company that another vessel carrying the product will arrive on Saturday.

Lawal assured the DPR team that the company would work tirelessly to ensure that scarcity of petrol was ease out in few days.

At Folawiyo Energy Ltd., Dipo Makanjuola said that the depot had about six million litres of petrol and had been operating 24 hours to ensure that Nigerians get the product.

Makanjuola said that the product belonged to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and they were loading the product according to the directive of the corporation.

He said: “The last time we received the product from NNPC was December 23 and that is what we are loading; we hope to get another supply by Saturday.”

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4 Comments

  1. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    December 28, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I am very surprised you’re still around as the minister of state for petroleum despite your ineffectiveness as a minister of petroleum.. I am here shedding tears for my Country Nigeria because of people like you Ibe Kachikwu. You’re such a mediocre petroleum minister. Fire this moron from his job before it’s too late. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

    • Mrs chidukane

      December 29, 2017 at 1:18 am

      I won’t call you a moron because I want to believe you just got back to Nigeria after a long stay away and don’t know what this man has been going through in the hands of Buhari and his boys in the petroleum ministry. How he has basically become a figure head. I’m surprised he hasn’t resigned. Nigeria reminds me of my former church. They will promise you heaven and earth to lure you to work for them and then when you start the job, you find out you should never have left the one you had. Kachikwu is far from mediocre. He was doing well in his role before he was removed and put into this new role. I don’t even know why Bella naija put his picture up when none of the statements made in the article is attributed to him.

    • Fleur

      December 29, 2017 at 4:46 am

      Yawn. All these Asaba cartel people from the Okonjo clan. Yawn, yawn Yawn. What was your pikin’s rap song about again? Oh yeah. I remember – Dinosaursus Melaye. whenever you get to fuel. We dey here sha.

    • nene+

      December 29, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Ogunsakin wake up,this is EARTH! Where have you been?

      You and your “likers” DO NOT know your petroleum minister abi? keep blaming the relegated minister for state……. nervous at the mention of Buhari and Maikanti?

      Amnesia is a terrible disease.

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