The GMD of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikantu Baru had earlier given the assurance on November 30, 2017, in a statement saying there were enough products for the Christmas season and beyond, and no plan to increase fuel price at the depot and at filling stations.
The fuel queues were, on Monday, reported to have resurfaced in Sokoto, but by Tuesday morning, there were reports of queues in many filling stations visited in Lagos, Kaduna and Abuja.
The Federal Government also said that there was no plan to increase the pump price of petroleum products as was being insinuated.
It assured that its downstream subsidiary companies, namely the Petroleum Products Marketing Company and NNPC Retail Limited were fully geared up to ensure that motorists enjoy uninterrupted access to petrol throughout the nation.
But queues surfaced in most petrol stations in the cities as motorist engaged in panic buying.
Another marketer at the depot who also spoke under the condition of anonymity said there were less activities at the depots due to an inadequate supply of the products by the NNPC.
However, the NNPC in a statement from its Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, reiterated that there was no need for the sudden return of queues at petrol stations across the country, stating that it had enough stocks. We are hoping and believing that when they resume production, we will be able to get products from their and distribute to all our outlets, " he said.
The IPMAN, Western zone had last week urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and NNPC to clamped down private depots selling petrol above the ex-depot price of N 133.28k.
"I wish to call on all Nigerians to stop panic buying". There is always more demand for refined products for petroleum during winter period in the colder countries, this is what we are experiencing now.
Speaking after an investigative hearing on the matter yesterday, Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, said the NNPC boss is to appear before the committee tomorrow.
"Unfortunately he wrote informing us of his inability to honour the invitation".