The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has released 250 trucks of petrol to Lagos metropolis to combat scarcity.
Ndu Ughamadu, the corporation’s spokesman, made this known in an interview with NAN on Sunday.
He said there has been a slight change in the distribution network in Lagos, as the state is currently being supplied by members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).
“At the weekend there was a hitch in discharging of petrol by ships which have been ratified. Today, 250 trucks have been discharged to Lagos compared to less than 200 trucks usually allocated to Lagos at the weekend,” the statement read.
Ughamadu urged motorists to avoid hoarding of petrol and panic buying, as “there is sufficient products in stock that will last for days”.
The NNPC spokesperson also said a “slight hitch” occurred at the Port Harcourt refinery due to a power problem.
“Port Harcourt refinery is slightly down for now, pending when the problem will be rectified,” he said.
On Sunday, many of the filling stations operated by major marketers did not sell while outlets owned by independent marketers were shut.
At Ikorodu, Epe, Mile 12 and Lekki axis, most filling stations who had products were selling above the official pump price.
Olufemi Adewole, executive secretary of the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketing Association, (DAPPMA), said there was shortage of petrol supply across the country.
Adewole said that what is playing out at the moment is the preference of NNPC deploying more supply to the major marketers.
“The truth is that there is short supply at the moment, if NNPC can raise supply we will be able to get to inland areas and focus on major cities, but I can tell you there is no much supply from NNPC,” he said.