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There Is Nothing To Fear, Kyari Assures, Reveals Why Fuel Queues Have Resurfaced

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Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, has opened up on why fuel queues have resurfaced across some states of the federation recently.

According to him, the return of fuel queues in some parts of the country was due to road blockades in the road networks and not a looming scarcity as presumed,

Kyari assured Nigerians that there was nothing to fear as per scarcity because the company has over 1.4 billion litres of fuel both on marine and land, and there are no issues of delivery as well.

The NNPCL boss however explained that drivers had to travel longer distances to avoid such experiences of road blockades to arrive at their destination safely, so it takes more than usual for fuel to be transported to those parts.

In the last few days, oil marketers cried out that the fuel depots are running dry and more fuel stations are shutting down because of a lack of products and this has led to the resurfacing of fuel queues in some parts of the country.

They have even warned that if nothing is done about the inability of other marketers to import the product, there might be a looming situation of fuel scarcity.

However, Kyari while addressing state house correspondents on Monday, after his meeting with President Bola Tinubu said the supply of petrol was robust.

He also said the federal government was working hard to ensure the supply of FX into the market to stabilise the current I&E window around N770.

Kyari said: “We have seen in very few states pockets of very low queues. Not unconnected with the road situation that we’re seeing the number of blockades on our road crossing products from the southern depots into the northern part of the country and it takes them a much longer time than they do now.

“They have to reroute the trucks around many, many locations for them to be able to reach and that created delays and some supply gaps. But that has been filled and we do not see any of such problems again. And secondly, because of the full deregulation that we have in this sector, marketers are now competing amongst themselves.

“So, you must have noticed some fuel stations will reduce price by two Naira and three Naira so customers will naturally run to the places where you have that reduction in prices. And that creates panic, because for those who don’t know why they are doing it, they will think that there’s something wrong happening, or there’s an ominous sign of scarcity or people start queuing up in the fuel stations. Otherwise, there is no challenge. Supply is robust.

“We have over 1.4 billion litres of product in our hands both marine and land. Also, there are no issues around delivery of those products into the land. So, there is no fear, nothing to bother about. But we are also happy that the market forces are now playing out and marketers are competing and of course there are a few issues we’re engaging them to resolve alongside other agencies of government and critical issues around access to foreign exchange.

“And as you all know, government is doing so much to ensure supply of FX into the market. We know that this FX markets will stabilize current I&E window around 770. And we know that those inputs that’s already happening, the inputs of government today will crystallize and also they will come to an equilibrium position in the FX market and this is a dream of this country.

“So, they will have a stable FX market, stable product market where the prices of product will also speak to prices of other commodities. And this is already manifesting and we think this is the economic revolution that this country needs.”

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