Fuel Queues in Abuja, FCT

Fuel Scarcity: Reasons long queues resurface in Abuja –Distributors

*The Association of Distributors and Transporters of Petroleum Products says transporters could not afford the exorbitant diesel to fuel trucks for transportation of petrol

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As fuel queues resurfaced earlier in the week in several parts of Abuja, FCT, the Association of Distributors and Transporters of Petroleum Products (ADITOP) has disclosed the high cost of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) used by petroleum tankers and low freight rate are responsible for current fuel scarcity in the country’s capital.

ConsumerConnect reports the AGO, popularly called diesel, in  Nigeria, is currently being sold at N700 per litre against N290 per litre it was previously sold.

Alhaji Lawal Danzaki, ADITOP President, told the News Agency of Nigeria Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Abuja, that transporters could not afford the exorbitant diesel to fuel trucks for PMS transportation.

Recall there was a sudden appearance of fuel queues  Sunday, in Abuja, which has lingered as a result of scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as fuel in parts of Abuja.

ConsumerConnect had reported the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) Limited explained that the sudden scarcity was caused by low load-outs due to recent long holidays and increased fuel purchases usually common with returning residents of the FCT from holidays.

Danzaki, however, said  though the NNPC Limited had sufficient PMS in Lagos depot, petrol tankers and marketers lacked diesel to fuel their trucks to bring the products, which has resulted in the shortage of fuel being experienced now.

The ADITOP President further stated that the transporters were running at a loss, and could not maintain their trucks by fuelling their tankers with such a high cost of diesel.

Based on the current development, transporters and tanker owners are finding it difficult to fuel their trucks to transport PMS to various parts of the country, he said.

Danzaki noted: “My truck that is loading from Lagos to Suleja, Niger State depot, will consume 800 litres of diesel to run from Lagos to bring petroleum products to Abuja but because of the high price, the truck cannot operate.

“It is also similar to the Aviation fuel called Jet A-1, the price is very high currently, and that is why that sector is experiencing difficulty to operate.”

The President also stressed: “The refineries are not working; so government relies on importing the diesel and petrol.

“If the refineries are working, we can get PMS from Kaduna refinery at a cheaper rate than going to Lagos to transport the product.”

According to him, the high cost of AGO is as a result of the global oil distortion being experienced due to Ukraine and Russia crisis.

He as well listed the devaluation of Naira as another factor contributing to the high cost and shortage of diesel, which was a deregulated product.

“The marketers who are importing the diesel are getting their Dollars from black market, so they are buying it at high price and the price of crude have gone up, so they buy the refined one at high rate.

“The NNPC has to import in abundance and give us an affordable quantity of diesel to fuel our tankers, then we will bring petrol from Lagos to any part of the nation.”

Danzaki stated: “This scarcity started in Abuja because Abuja consume a lot of fuel more than any other state.

“The four towns that consume fuel a lot are Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Kano.

“Abuja is facing this problem because a lot of fuel is being pushed to Abuja because of high demand, that is why you see queues of almost two kilometres in fuel stations.”

He, therefore, appealed to the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), an agency responsible to handle price templates of petroleum products, to adjust the price of AGO to the freight being paid by government as equalisation fund.

“The NMDPRA does not increase our freight rate and the AGO being used to transport other petroleum products has gone up in price, so there is no gain at all in the business.

“In order to solve this scarcity, government must intervene in two ways: either to increase the freight rate being given to petroleum transporters according to the distance or give the diesel at affordable price,” Danzaki said.

According to him, the government has been making efforts by paying the ADITOP gradually but it wanted the government to pay well by increasing the freight rate to enable petroleum marketers to be well paid and avoid operating at a loss.

Kindly Share This Story