Fuel Scarcity: Presidency Gets Situation Report From Twitter

Nigerians have continued to lament what most of them describe as the ‘lingering’ challenges they face in getting the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol.

The Issue of fuel scarcity has been the major discourse in the country as the people go through untold hardships to get the product amid the yuletide celebrations.

This has, however, generated blames from the critics of President Muhammadu Buhari while the Presidency has assured Nigerians that the issue would be resolved as soon as possible.

Following the reports that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has begun distribution of the product, the Presidency created a Twitter hashtag on Tuesday to monitor the situation across the country.

In their various briefs, some citizens said the product is still not available in their location while others alleged that oil marketers in their locality were selling above government approved pump price.

See reactions below;

Fuel Scarcity: Petroleum Marketers Say Depots Are Empty

The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) has expressed worry over the inability of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to send petrol to its members’ depots.

In a statement signed by DAPPMA’s Executive Secretary, Mr Olufemi Adewole urged NNPC to help the association so as to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians.

“Our members’ depots are presently empty. However, if the PPMC (Pipelines and Product Marketing Company)/NNPC can provide us with petrol, we are ready to do 24-hour loading to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians, and for the fuel queues to be totally eliminated.

“We, petroleum products marketers, do empathise with all Nigerians who are going through difficulties at this time by spending hours on fuel queues because of the current fuel scarcity due to no fault of theirs.

“DAPPMA members import about 65 percent of the nation’s total fuel consumption, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) imports about 15 percent and PPMC/NNPC import the balance of 20 percent.

“However this scenario changed drastically due to several challenges faced by marketers,” Adewole said.

The DAPPMA official claimed that their members pay PPMC/NNPC in advance for petroleum products.

He said that fully paid-up petrol orders, which had neither been programmed nor loaded, were in excess of 500,000 metric tons (about 800,000,000 litres).

“As at today, there is enough petrol to meet the nation’s needs for 19 days at a daily estimated consumption of 35,000,000 litres.

“Sadly, some people have blamed marketers for hoarding products. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.

“Hoarding is regarded as economic sabotage and we assure all Nigerians that our members are not involved in such illicit act.

“While all kinds of allegations have been made in the media, it is important to set the records straight as Nigerians first, and as responsible business men and women who employ Nigerians.

“As it stands today, NNPC has been the sole importer of PMS (Premium Motor Spirit) into the country since October,” Adewole said.

Abuja, Lagos Residents Spend Christmas At Filling Stations

Most motorists in Abuja and Lagos yesterday celebrated Christmas on long queues at filling stations, as the scarcity of petrol bites harder in the country.

Checks showed that many residents stormed the few filling stations selling the product in the Lagos metropolis in a bid to get the product but ended up celebrating Christmas at petrol stations.

They lamented that the few petrol stations stop selling the product as soon as hoodlums come into the station to disrupt the queues.

Some residents who spoke with our correspondent about the situation said the federal government should have envisaged that fuel scarcity would occur this time.

Some residents were also seen doing brisk business by selling the product along some major roads in the Lagos metropolis.

Lamenting about the ugly trend, Gabriel Adegbenro said, “This is a minus for this government. How come they subject Nigerians to this kind of hardship this yuletide period? This is not fair at all. This must be probed. Why now, this festive season? They keep talking about tourism. Just imagine how tourists will see us as a bunch of unserious people”.

Also, Mr. Benjanmi Kolade who expressed disappointment at government said people could not go out as a result of fuel scarcity.

“Some are even stranded because there is no money. In short, what the nation needs is divine intervention”, he said.

Our correspondent also observed that many Nigerians celebrated the season in a low key, but appreciated God for the gift of life and good health.

Commenting on the situation, Mrs. Funke Bamidele, appealed to government to take drastic action in solving the scarcity problem.

“Above all, we appreciate God for His faithfulness despite what is happening in the country but I believe that God will deliver His people”, she said.

Also in Abuja, it was observed that there were long queues in most fuel stations visited yesterday, including NNPC, Oando and Total filling stations.

Mr Chris Abiti, in an interview with NAN, said he and his family stayed on a queue at the NNPC Mega Station in Central Area for more than three hours.

Abiti said that something urgent needed to be done to avert the recurrent scarcity during festivities, especially Christmas and New Year seasons.

“It’s not the leadership problem or government at fault. It’s a systemic failure of some private companies and individuals causing the problems. Something urgent must be done to spare Nigerians from this yearly agony. We should not continue like this”, he said.

Abiti added that NNPC mega stations are better than other fuel stations because the queues are moving.

In a separate interview, Aminu Ibrahim, said he was not happy about the fuel situation, adding that “festive season should be enjoyed and not spent in the fuel station”.

He called on the federal government to passionately look into the fuel problem in 2018.

Similarly, Mr Teso Joseph told NAN that he spent over four hours on the queue at Oando filling station in Zone 4.

He said the station workers sell to some selected people and also in kegs.

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Fuel Scarcity: Osinbajo, Kachikwu Meet With Oil Marketers

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, have met with some major petroleum marketers over the issue of fuel scarcity in the country.

Dr Kachikwu said in a tweet that Monday’s meeting, which was ‘productive and collaborative’, was convened as part of efforts by the Federal Government to frontally provide the much-needed solutions to the lingering fuel availability challenges across the country.

The minister said that the government was very much aware of the difficulty Nigerians go through to get the scarce product but that it would soon be a thing of the past.

He informed the people that the government has mandated the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other relevant agencies to ensure the states are flooded with the product.

“Whilst empathising with Nigerians for the needless pain and suffering that the current situation has sprung up, we expect that the fuel availability challenges evidenced by long queues will be completely eliminated, soonest.

“We are leaving no stone unturned as we continue to monitor the current fuel situation and collaboratively work with the NNPC and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to assiduously execute already communicated ministerial directives to maximally flood the market with products,” Kachikwu said.

He further thanked Nigerians for their understanding and support for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that measures are being put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of such incident.

He said: “The bigger picture is to ensure that a repeat of the current challenge is never again experienced; I thank every Nigerian for the support even in the face of challenges. God bless you and I respectfully wish you a splendid holiday and celebration.”

In continuation of the field rounds in our bid to frontally provide much needed solutions to the lingering fuel availability challenges with the Vice President H. E @ProfOsinbajo, SAN, we engaged the Major Oil Marketers in a very productive and collaborative meeting. pic.twitter.com/DsGvkgFfQR

— EIK (@IbeKachikwu) December 25, 2017
Whilst empathizing with Nigerians for the needless pain and suffering that the current situation has sprung up, we expect that the fuel availability challenges evidenced by long queues will be completely eliminated, soonest. pic.twitter.com/9kVNfMzTMh
— EIK (@IbeKachikwu) December 25, 2017

We are leaving no stone unturned as we continue to monitor the current fuel situation and collaboratively work with @NNPCgroup and the Department of Petroleum Resources to assiduously execute already communicated ministerial directives to maximally flood the market with products. pic.twitter.com/ospL33o5V7
— EIK (@IbeKachikwu) December 25, 2017

Fuel Scarcity: Osun Govt. Sympathises with Christians

By Nofisat Adeoye

The State Government of Osun, has sympathized with people of the State especially the Christians, over the fuel scarcity issue.

“It has come to the attention of the State Government of Osun that the peace, joy and serenity of this Yuletide season is somewhat being marred by fuel shortage being experienced all over the country. This is most regrettable.

“The State Government of Osun sympathises with all the people of the state whose movements have been restricted or have had to spend valuable time on queues in filling stations.”

In a release signed by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, the State Government urged the residents to be calm as the Federal Government has concluded plans to address the issue.

 

“However, we have received assurances from the Federal Government and not less a person than President Muhammadu Buhari that the situation is being addressed, that more barges of fuel are being received and distributed at the moment and that the crisis will soon be over within the shortest possible time.”

While wishing the Christians, a Merry Christmas, the State Government also urged marketers to desist from hoarding fuel so as not to worsen the current situation. 

“The State Government therefore urges fuel marketers in the state to desist from hoarding, profiteering and other sharp and unethical practices that could exacerbate the situation, worsen the plight of residents and detract from our Omoluabi status.

“The State Government urges residents and fillings stations to be orderly and peaceful in the sales of fuel, where the product is available. There should not be more than a single lane of vehicles on the queue, to prevent traffic congestion and vehicle accidents. On no account must any road be blocked or made impassable as a result of fuel queue. Filling stations must observe all safety rules in order to prevent accidents and fire outbreaks.

“Law enforcement agencies, particularly the Police, Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) should properly take charge of the situation and do the needful in order to maintain law and order, prevent unruly and disorderly public conducts, protect lives, ensure public safety and free flow of traffic.

“The State Government of Osun wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Advance.” the release reads in part. 

Osinbajo Says Its A Shame Having Fuel Crisis During Christmas

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has admitted that it is a shame Christmas celebration in Nigeria has so far been characterised by discomfort caused by the lingering fuel scarcity.

His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday morning qouted the Vice President as speaking during the interactions he had with some people keeping vigil at two filling stations in Lagos.

Osinbajo was said to have made surprise appearances at Oando Filling Station in Lekki and Hayden Petrol Station, Victoria Island.

“It’s such a shame that Christmas has been, to some extent, with this sort of discomfort.

” This is deeply regretted, and l know that, despite the resilience and strength of people in Lagos and the Nigerian people, we would see ourselves through this and will enjoy our Christmas and have a great new year,” he was qouted as telling those who were on queue to buy the scarce commodity.

He said the Federal Government was moving as quickly as it could to solve the fuel crisis and reduce the difficulties Nigerians were facing as a result.

He added, “We are trying to move as quickly as we can. Obviously, people have gone through a lot of pain and anguish in the past few days, and that is deeply regretted.

“We are trying to do what we can to move as quickly as possible and there is certainly enough products to be able to solve the problem.

“We will be able to solve the problem; the short period of scarcity is quite a bit of burden, but we know that so long as products are enough and the trucks coming out and feeding the stations, this will be over very soon.

“I am going around with the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources here in Lagos to ensure that first, the trucks are being loaded from all the depots, and also looking at the filling stations to see that things are moving on very well.

“The GMD of the NNPC is also working in Abuja to see that things are moving quickly and we are moving around the country. So we expect that it will be resolved very quickly.”

Osinbajo later took to his social media accounts to announce that he witnessed firsthand the discomfort Nigerians have been experiencing during his visits to the filling stations.

He assured Nigerians that the government is working hard to end their pains as soon as possible.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated all those concerns to bring an end to the situation.

Osinbajo wrote, “Christmas is a time of cheer, joy, and hope for the coming New Year. Many people would love to be around their families, but regrettably, cannot because of the inadequacies in the fuel supply in different parts of the nation.

“This is something that President Buhari is deeply concerned about, mandating all relevant persons to bring an end to the fuel queues.

“I witnessed first-hand the discomfort that many of us have to contend with. We sympathise with you and we are working assiduously to eliminate this pain in the shortest possible time.

“We regret this inconvenience while assuring you that all hands are on deck to return things to normalcy.

“I do hope that you still find time to reflect on the miracle of Christmas to lift your spirit and that of your family. God bless you and God bless our great nation.”

Buhari Apologizes For Lingering Fuel Scarcity

President Muhammadu Buhari spoke for the first time yesterday on the excruciating nationwide fuel scarcity, expressing his sympathy for Nigerians who are enduring weeks of needless queues at filling stations.

In a statement personally signed by him and posted on his twitter handle, @Mbuhari #FuelScarcity, he said the development was regrettable.

“I am being regularly briefed, especially on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC’s) interventions to ensure that there is enough petrol available during this period and beyond. The fuel scarcity being experienced nationwide is regrettable. I sympathize with all Nigerians on having to endure needless fuel queues,” he said.

The president said he had the NNPC’s assurance that the situation would improve significantly over the next few days, “as new shipments and supplies are distributed across the country.“I have also directed the regulators to step up their surveillance and bring an end to hoarding and price inflation by marketers.

“Let me also assure that the relevant agencies will continue to provide updates on the situation. I thank you all for your patience and understanding.”

Struck by the pains following the fuel scarcity, Nigerians have taken to the social media to call on President Buhari, who is also the Minister of Petroleum, to address the issue.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Buhari yesterday came under attack from the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the nation’s economic hardship was largely caused by “sheer incompetence, gross insensitivity and shambolic policies of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.”

The PDP said it was disheartening that Nigerians could not merrily celebrate the yuletide due to the biting economic hardship worsened by an acute fuel shortage.It described the nation’s economic situation as a national embarrassment, which “cannot be glossed over with deceit, lies and propaganda.”

The PDP, however, urged Nigerians to overcome the very sordid situation by rallying around one another in true love as epitomised in the birth and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.The party said: “Indeed, this is the worst yuletide ever. There is no way one can sugarcoat the fact that the anguish Nigerians face today is because of the incompetence of the APC Government, which has also amply demonstrated that it does not care about the welfare and happiness of the citizens.”

The opposition party lamented that many families are completely stranded while many more could no longer afford basic needs.“Nigerians have become ravaged by economic hardship because the APC-led Federal Government has abandoned them and refused to channel the abundant resources available in the nation for the good of the people. Instead, they are heartlessly diverting such resources for their selfish political purposes while the people suffer.

We Can No Longer Import, Sell Fuel At N145/Litre — Marketers

Reports are rife that private oil marketers are calling for government intervention to enable them to access foreign exchange at a special rate for the importation of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).

Private marketers who stopped fuel importation last year due to shortage of foreign exchange and increase in crude prices, said had made the current forex rates makes it unprofitable to import petrol and sell same at N145 per litre.

The Punch reports that “The National Operations Controller, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Mike Osatuyi, said, “The problem is that the importation (of petrol) is being handled almost 100 per cent by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as private importers have backed out because the increase in crude price has made the landing cost enter subsidy.

“When the crude price hit $59 per barrel, we could not sell petrol again at N145 per litre if we were importing on our own. It is only the government (NNPC) that is importing and can warehouse the subsidy.

“Right now, the landing cost of the PMS is N154. If you are importing at N305 to the dollar, by the time you add bank charges, it comes to N307 to the dollar. If you apply that to the current crude price, the landing cost is N154-N155. By the time you add all the margins, the pump price is about N160-N167.

“Before private importers can resume importation, the exchange rate to a dollar must be N250 and we can sell at the price of N145 per litre.

“Landing cost of the PMS today has increased. By the time we land the product based on the international crude oil prices, petrol should be selling for between N165 and N170 per litre. But government is saying we should sell at N145. So, if there is no subsidy, we have to depend on the NNPC to give us the product,” he said.

Osun Residents Lament High Transport Fare As Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder

By Nofisat Adeoye

Residents of the State of Osun have lamented the recent fuel scarcity and especially its effect on transportation fare.

Although, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has suspended its nationwide strike, many filling stations still remained closed due to fuel scarcity.

Like in Lagos State, Abuja and other states of the country, Osun State is also not left out of the ordeal. The queues in filling stations have continued to increase as stations continue to close up too.

While many have abandoned their cars at home and took to public transit because they could not get fuel, others are also lamenting the increase in transport fare.

Though many are of the opinion that some filling stations are actually hoarding fuel and increasing its price because of the festive period.

In an interview with Osun Defender, Aminat Nasiru explained how she had to wait for almost one hour at the park before getting a bus.

“It is like all the buses have been taken out of town. I had to wait and wait and when I eventually got one, he charged me double for my destination but what could I do. I can’t even blame the drivers, buying a litre of fuel at N200 from N145 is enough reason and the fuel is even scarce.

“I seriously hope the Federal Government do something urgent about this especially since we are in the festive period. The fuel scarcity is really taking its toll on us here.”

Another resident, Ajiboye Tunmise explained that, “It is a pity that we find ourselves in this situation again, it has become our usual habit that whenever we are in the festive period, we experienced fuel scarcity.

“The fuel scarcity is no doubt affecting us negatively, especially people who would want to travel to celebrate with their families, there is already hike in transport fares, the commuters are being made to pay exorbitantly.”

Fuel Scarcity: NNPC Has Doubled Supply Across The Country – Baru

In a bit to arrest the biting fuel supply across the country, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, has reassured Nigerians of the Corporation’s commitment to end the scarcity.

Baru stated that the corporation has doubled the daily supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, from daily 700 trucks (about 27million – 30million) litres per day supply to 80million litres per day since the current hiccup in the supply chain was noticed a few days back.

Dr. Baru, disclosed this shortly before the signing ceremony of a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Corporation and the Benue State Government on the Agasha-Guma Bio-fuels Projects, in Abuja, on Thursday.

The GMD attributed the hiccups in the supply of PMS to rumours about purported planned increase in the price of petrol.

He stated that some marketers, in their quest to cash in on the situation, suddenly started hoarding products.

“But we swiftly swung into action by doubling our supply nationwide. At the time the rumour started, we had about 30 day sufficiency. The normal daily supply to the nation is 700 trucks, equaling about 27-30m litres per day.

He further informed Nigerians that the NNPC has enough products sufficiency that will last up to 30 days.
Dr. Baru said that at least a billion litre petrol laden cargoes were heading to Nigeria shores at the end of December which he noted would return the Country to a 30-day-plus sufficiency.

Dr. Baru, who expressed joy at PENGASSAN’s call-off of its planned strike, called on motorists not to engage in panic buying as the Corporation has more than enough products for domestic consumption.

Assuring that the fuel situation would soon fizzle out this week, Baru also warned marketers against hoarding, stressing that any filling station found wanting in this regard would lose its entire products to motorists.

He commended NNPC’s sister agencies, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), for their support in helping NNPC tackle the menace of hoarding by filling stations.

2019: Crisis Looms In PDP Over Vice Presidential Ticket And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

According to Independent, interest groups within the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) are set to engage each other in an open war for the control of the party as the race for 2019 presidential election get underway. A competent source within the party told INDEPENDENT at the weekend that some power brokers within the party who seemed united towards the convention held last weekend have since commenced underground moves to outwit one another in battle for the control of the party.

Meanwhile the The Nation reports that Nigeria plans to lend its neighbours a hand in the anti-Boko Haram war, with its headline reading; $1b Anti-Boko Haramm Battle Plan Sparks Row. The Federal Government requested for $1billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to bolster the military’s capacity to assist neighbouring countries, Defence Minister Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali said.

The Punch moves to the oil sector to report that Fuel Queues Reappear In Lagos, Persist In Abuja, Others. The lingering petrol scarcity in many parts of the country grew worse on Sunday in Lagos, Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states as many filing stations were shut. The closure of the filling stations followed threats by members of the Petrolum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria to embark on a nationwide strike from today (Monday).

Presidency, Nass May Clash Over $1bn ECA Approval tops the stories for Nigerian Tribune. According to their reports, a fresh crisis is now looming between the executive and the legislature over the planned $1 billion withdrawal from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to fight the Boko Haram war as both chambers of the National Assembly resumes plenary today. It was gathered on Sunday that plan had been concluded for a showdown in the House of Representatives with the Presidency over the deduction from the ECA which they claimed was illegal and unconstitutional.

The Vanguard newspaper has also revealed that UK Court Orders Return Of $85m Malabu Oil Loot. After many years of legal fireworks, the United Kingdom has given the final clearance for Nigeria to draw down a whopping $85 million seized from entities embroiled in the controversial Malabu Oil Scam. This was confirmed by the Attorney General of The Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, saying the money was not yet in the coffers of Nigeria but would soon be repatriated.

Daily Sun draws the curtain today on headlines, giving an exclusive interview as Governors, Others Felicitate With President at 75.