Fuel queues resurface in Lagos following supply hiccups

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After more than a year of relief from fuel scarcity in the country, filling stations in some parts of Lagos experienced queues on Monday, while some refused to sell petrol to motorists, The Punch reports.

The pockets of fuel queues in Lagos emerged few days after the Independent Petroleum Markers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Lagos State chapter, accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of under-supplying its members with petrol. IPMAN had said last week that its members in Lagos and parts of Ogun State might be forced to shut their filling stations by December 11 if the situation persisted.

A source, who is an executive of a Lagos-based oil marketing company said; “This is the second week in which supply has not been very robust. The rationing started the previous week. The NNPC has been the major supplier and there have been distribution dislocations since the Apapa jetty got burnt, making it difficult for major oil marketers to get products; they have to be doing throughput with other companies, because they can’t receive products through that line until the repair is completed.”