No Petrol Scarcity In Ogwashi-Uku

Whihile complaints coming
from various states indicate shortage of premium
motor spirit, otherwise known as petrol, the story has so far been different in Ogwashi-Uku metropolis.
Investigation by Ogwashi-Uku Metro reveals that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] mega station in Ogwashi-Uku has kept faith with the directive
of the Federal Government to ensure regular sale of the product to the consumers.
When our correspondent went round the metropolis, the NNPC mega station was dispensing fuel to buyers at the stipulated N143 per litre, while one of the independent
petrol outlets located off Azagba-Ogwashi-Uku road was selling above N150 per litre.
Further findings indicate that a major independent dealer in the metropolis has shut down sales completely since the commencement
of the fuel scarcity.
The manager of the NNPC mega station, Ade Lawal who spoke to our correspondent on the issue revealed that since the fuel crisis started they have been dispensing fuel in line with the directive of the Federal Government.
According to him, they received a tanker of fuel recently and are still expecting more. “As I am talking
to you now, we have received delivery of a truck load of kerosene which we have started dispensing
to consumers. Even cooking gas has also been made available. The reason for this is because we want to ensure that the people have these necessary products to manage their needs during the Christmas festival and beyond.
“At this period of festival, it will not make sense for the people to go about looking for kerosene and even cooking gas to cook their food. We know that this period is always a long holiday; so it is important
that residents of the area have enough of these products in their home to take care of their cooking”, he said.
A visit to the mega station however
revealed that the petrol station
is dispensing fuel with little or no queue as is obtained in various parts of the states.
Some residents of the area however, have commended the Federal Government for supplying adequate premium motor spirit for residents of the metropolis, just as they hinted that the continuous supply has saved them from the extortion tendencies of independent
marketers.