Petrol queue on Tuesday resurfaced in Lagos and its environs due to short supply which led to many motorists and other users to struggle in buying the product.
The National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Abubakar Maiganda, who confirmed this development explained that his members have not been able to lift the product for days.
The long queues, first noticed on Monday, have extended to many outlets across the state.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the NNPC Limited, Femi Soneye, said, “We are pleased to confirm that there are no supply issues and our products remain readily available.
“The recent tightness experienced in certain areas was due to a brief distribution issue in Lagos, which has since been resolved.”
Also, the Chairman of Major Energy Marketers Association of Nigeria, Huub Stokman, disclosed that the nation has commercial stocks of the product for distribution, noting that distribution was constrained by elections in some parts of the nation at the weekend.
He said, “There is a sufficient supply of product both on-shore and off-shore waiting for discharge. What did happen over the weekend is that due to local elections in several states there were movement restrictions.
“For example all marketers couldn’t load in Apapa on Saturday and those restrictions then take a few days to correct themselves due to the complexity of the overall supply chain in Nigeria. I am sure we will see any knock effect resolved in next few days.”
However, reports revealed that the outlets of many major marketers were opened for business while their independent counterparts were closed to motorists and other users of the product.
Also, the filling stations that opened for business did not increase their price, thus discouraging motorists from increasing transport fares in Lagos and environs.