SOKOTO (SOKOTO STATE)- The Department of Petroleum Resources has said that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure the availability of petroleum products nationwide.
The department’s Zonal Controller in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi States, Alhaji Umaru Moriki, said this in an interview with newsmen in Sokoto.
Reacting to the current scarcity of petrol in Sokoto, Moriki said government was trying to restore normal supply across Nigeria
The controller said only 34 trucks of petrol were received in Sokoto from February 21 to February 25.
“This figure excludes Sunday, February 23 as there was a zero supply of petrol into Sokoto state on that day.
“The average daily requirement of petrol in Sokoto state alone is about 33 trucks and the same goes for Kebbi’’, Morilki added.
He said that the supplies covered those made to the NNPC mega stations, the major and independent marketers’ filling stations.
“The department is doing all it could to ensure that the limited supply reaches the desired destinations through sustained monitoring of all the filling stations.
The controller appealed to the residents to desist from panic buying due to its attendant consequences.
“I am also warning the marketers not to engage in sharp practices’’, he said.
Reports state that scarcity of petroleum products has hit Sokoto and its environs as none of the major or independent marketers’ filling stations was selling the product as at Tuesday.
This had resulted in long queues of vehicles at filing stations.
Alhaji Umaru Danladi, a motorist told newsmen that he abandoned his car for the past 24 hours and just coming to see if there was petrol to buy.
He said that black marketers were making brisk business as a litre of petroleum was now selling for N135 instead of N97.
Malam Isa Habu of Dange Shuni town said the scarcity had made transporters to increase fares within and outside Sokoto metropolis.
“I paid N200 from Dange to Sokoto, a distance of about 22 kilometres instead of the usual N120.