FUEL SCARCITY: NORMALCY RETURNS TO LAGOS FILLING STATIONS

Normalcy seems to have returned to petrol stations within Lagos metropolis as most of them are now selling petrol to motorists across the state.

This followed the directives of the Federal government to Dr Ibe Kachikuwu, the minister of State for Petroleum Resources, to clear the queue before the end of last week.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who monitored the situation reports that, most filling stations within Lagos metropolis that had products were opened to customers.

President Buhari directed Kachikwu on December 6 during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, alongside Dr Baru Maikanti, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation who had to leave an official function in the United Kingdom to hurriedly return home over the scarcity, to ensure immediate availability of the product across the counry.

An official of Mobil Filling Station at Agidingbi, who preferred anonymity, said all stations that had products were directed to sell them to avoid being sealed.

The manager attributed that the current availability of petrol to increased supply from depots. He said, the NNPC, through the Department of Petroleum Resources, directed all Lagos depot owners to increase the volume of petroleum products supplied to stations in Lagos.

Azeez Osuolale, the manager of a Mobil station in Maryland, said the station is providing 24-hours services to motorists, adding that normalcy was gradually returning.

Osuolale said the availability of the product had forces many filling stations to sell at approved official price of N145.

NAN reports that, most filling stations around Falomo, Obalende, Ikeja, Iyana Ipaja, Abule-Egba, Ojoto, Onipanu, Ojuelegba, Lawanson, Stadium Road, Orile, Ikorodu and Shomolu were busy dispensing the products.

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