Nigerians once again are hopeful that the continuous fuel scarcity that has paralyzed economic activities in the country would end in a few days from now, based on the assurance by the Minister of State for petroleum Resources,  Dr. IbeKachikwu that the scarcity would end next week, after similar promises had failed twice.“As at today we have delivered about 1,200 trucks, by weekend we should be delivering same number of trucks,” Kachikwu said while insisting that the scarcity was occasioned by sabotage from the independent oil marketers whom he accused of “trying to make quick returns on their investments wrongly”.
According to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the trucks of petrol were being offloaded across the country in the various depots  and jetties. In the corporation’s Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) daily nationwide supply schedule released in Abuja during the week , the NNPC’s import and shuttle vessels had been programmed to do Ship-to-Ship (STS) Operation for onward discharge to Inland Depots.
According to the statement, Abuja got 141 trucks (4,653,000 litres) allocation, while Kano was given 23 trucks of 759,000 litres and Lagos 467 trucks (15,411,000 litres) of the PMS. The breakdown of the sharing showed that Rivers state had 29 trucks (957,000 litres); Kaduna, 36 trucks (1,188,000 litres), as Ebonyi got four trucks of 132,000 litres. In the same vein, Ondo state was given 15 trucks of 495,000 litres allocation; Cross River got 16 trucks (528,000); Plateau nine trucks of 297,000 litres and Sokoto, eight trucks, representing 246,000 litres of the product while Borno state got seven trucks of 231,000 litres.The corporation, while appealing to motorists not to engage in panic buying anymore, insisted that it had enough of the product to go round the country.

Maureen Nzeogu
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