8 December 2017
On Thursday, the long queues that resurfaced at filling stations in Lagos State at the beginning of the week were no more as most filling stations were selling fuel and motorists were able to drive in and drive out without delay.
This development could be a result of the threat by the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to slam a N150,000 fine on any filling station found hoarding fuel.
Prior to the DPR warning, retail outlets with five or more pumps, restricted sale of petrol to about two, thereby causing congestion and pressure on the few number of pumps available.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Thursday assured that queues arising from insufficient petrol supply in Abuja and neighbouring states would clear by Friday.
At a press briefing in Abuja, Kachikwu said the Ministry had since directed its regulatory agencies, including the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to ensure stricter monitoring of supply and distribution.
Kachikwu added that the Ministry and its agencies have activated mechanisms to ensure 24-hour loading and distribution till the situation normalises.