Following the directive that fuel queues should be cleared within the next 48 hours as well as the promise made by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that by Thursday, Premium Motor Spirit (PMS or petrol) will be available for motorists, the Executive Director, Commercial of the PPMC relocated to Lagos on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Executive Director had led his team to inspect various fuel stations including Mobil, Oando and a number of others. At the MRS fuel station at the Toll Gate on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the Executive Director discovered that the station was hoarding fuel. When the Manager of the station, Mr Ganiyu Jamiu was queried on why his station was not selling to motorists, his excuse was that none of his workers was around to dispense to motorists.
The Executive Director ordered that the station should commence sales with immediate effect. He also told the authorities of the filling station that the station would be sealed off if the incidence of hoarding repeats itself.
The EDC-led team’s inspection visit to the Conoil station in Lekki yielded the same result. The Director noted that the fuel that was being hoarded was enough to serve Lagos as the fuel stations had more than enough fuel to go round the motorists on the queue.
The queues are gradually disappearing as the fuel stations that had hitherto hoarded petrol are now being compelled to dispense. The Executive Director, Engr Komolafe noted that the scarcity was largely artificial.