Contrary to claim by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Ibe Kachikwu that fuel scarcity will end in Lagos on Wednesday [Apr 6], marketers have stated that scarcity cannot end in Lagos or any other city this week.
In a telephone conversation with the Nigerian Tribune on Wednesday, one of the marketers who preferred anonymity argued that scarcity cannot end this week in Lagos or any other city because the volume available for distribution is 25,000 metric tonnes.
According to him:
Except the NNPC scales up its importation, fuel scarcity may not end soon as claimed by the government. The corporation just received another 25,000 metric tonnes on Monday which is about 65 million litres. The cargo was distributed to major marketers and NIPCO plc.
He added that:
Although, the government is doing all it could to end scarcity and I can assure Nigerians that if it continues with constant importation of more cargoes, then maybe by next week, all the queues will disappear.
It may be recalled that Kachikwu told Nigerians that scarcity will persist until May, which resulted into severe criticism from Nigerians including the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
This has forced the Minister of State to apologise and pledged to end scarcity by 7 April, 2016.