Meanwhile, the NNPC in a statement signed by its group managing director, public affairs division, Ndu Ughamadu, the corporation has the full commitment of all downstream subsidiary companies including petroleum marketers and industry unions to cooperate in achieving zero fuel scarcity during the Yuletide period and beyond.
Ughamadu said that the ex-depot petrol price of N133.38 per litre and pump price of N143/N145 per litre had not changed.
Lengthy fuel queues were reported by motorists on Tuesday across Nigeria, including in the commercial capital Lagos, in the southwest, the northwestern city of Kaduna and the capital, Abuja, in the centre of the country.
December is here, and welcome to the petrol station queues! "We have said times without number that NNPC has sufficient products to cater for the needs of all consumers", Baru stated in the statement.
A source among the marketers stated that NNPC, being the sole importer of petrol, should be held responsible for the resurfacing of queues across the country.
Addressing the fuel scarcity resurgence on Tuesday, Baru guaranteed Nigerians that the NNPC was on top of the situation.
According to him, "NNPC treats private depot owners (DAPPMA) with priority, by giving them products while they now resell to our members at above the recommended ex-depot price".
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This, he said, is to avoid the situation where some unpatriotic persons would cause unnecessary hardships for Nigerians in the festive season. We will break into sub-committees to be able to cover the entire country.
IPMAN acussed the NNPC of breach of bulk purchase agreement to sell fuel to them at N133.28 per litre.
"We will not stop at that".
"There is an Executive Director in charge of Downstream who oversees the downstream generally".
An Independent Marketer, Benjamin Omale, told reporters on Tuesday that they were not getting enough products from the PPMC and Private tank farms in Lagos, coupled with the fact the Kaduna refinery where they normally load their products from have been shut down for quite some time.
He also attributed the queues to panic buying, while he added that the NNPC would continue to make efforts toward ensuring unhindered supply of petroleum products across the country.