The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) on Thursday blamed the fuel queues being experienced in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and its environs on the unprecedented flooding in Lokoja, Kogi State.
The corporate communications department of the agency, in a press statement via its Twitter handle, said the flood submerged a large portion of the road making vehicular movement difficult.
This was in response to fuel queues which had resurfaced in Abuja and neighbouring states on Tuesday.
“The authority wishes to state that the fuel queues are caused by unprecedented flooding in Lokoja, Kogi State, which has submerged a greater part of the city and grounded all vehicular movements.
“This unfortunately has affected the distribution of petroleum products to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and environs,” the statement said.
NMDPRA also said it is providing the advisory to enable Nigerians to understand the reason for the current queues at fuel stations.
The Authority disclosed that the country currently has a sufficient quantity of premium motor spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, to meet demand.
It also warned petroleum marketers to avoid hoarding the product, so as not to inflict unnecessary hardship on Nigerians.
NMDPRA assured that “As part of measures to mitigate the situation, trucking via alternative routes is currently ongoing. The Authority assures the public that there are sufficient petroleum products inland.
“Consequently, the general public is advised to avoid panic buying at fuel stations as the NMDPRA is working assiduously with relevant stakeholders and government agencies to ensure product availability across the country. In the same context, Marketers are advised to desist from hoarding the products so as not to inflict hardship on Nigerians.”
The Authority said it was committed to ensuring there is seamless supply and distribution of petroleum products nationwide.
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