Filling Stations, Vendors Sell Fuel at New Price Despite NNPC Assurance As Scarcity Persists

Filling Stations, Vendors Sell Fuel at New Price Despite NNPC Assurance As Scarcity Persists

  • Nigerians continue to purchase fuel at very high prices across the country despite NNPCL's assurances
  • Reports indicate that motorists, particularly in northern states, are paying as much as N2,000 per litre
  • There is optimism that with the commencement of operations at the Dangote refinery and PH refinery, petroleum product prices will fall journalist Dave Ibemere has over a decade of business journalism experience with in-depth knowledge of the Nigerian economy, stocks, and general market trends.

Despite the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited's (NNPC Ltd) assurance of product availability, Nigerians continue to battle long queues and inflated pump prices at filling stations nationwide.

Fuel scarcity in NIgeria
Motorists struggle to buy fuel across Nigeria Photo credit: Pius Utomi
Source: UGC reported that the NNPCL told Nigerians it had resolved the logistic issues causing fuel queues across the country.

A statement signed by NNPC Oplufemi Soneye, NNPCL's chief corporate communications officer, on Thursday, April 25, 2024, reads:

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“The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) wishes to clarify that the tightness in the supply of Premium Motor Spirit currently being experienced in some areas across the country is due to logistics issues, which have been resolved.
“It also wishes to reiterate that the prices of petroleum products are not changing, avoid panic buying as there is a sufficiency of products in the country”.

Fuel scarcity persists across the country

The situation has not improved since the NNPC message to Nigerians. Long queues of vehicles continue to be seen at filling stations across the country.

Black marketers have also taken advantage of the situation and now sell petrol to residents for N2,000 per litre in states such as Sokoto.

Channels TV reports that commuters in the state said most filling stations are locked under the guise that there is no fuel, while black marketers are selling a litre of petrol between N2,000 and N2,500 across the state capital.

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Similarly, significant marketers in some parts of Lagos State set the pump price per litre between N630 and N650.

Meanwhile, black market traders sell N800 to N1,000 per litre to motorists who cannot wait in long queues.

A Petrol station manager, Kunle Olawale, told that the situation was due to the unavailability of the products.

He said:

"Clearing products from the depot is proving to be challenging, and many filling stations are eagerly awaiting cheaper petrol prices from the Dangote refinery and Port Harcourt refinery. Consequently, they are hesitant to make significant purchases, as they have encountered difficulties in reselling for profit."

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Earlier, reported that the Dangote refinery has been ranked among the best in the world, surpassing major European refineries.

Completed in 2023, the Dangote refinery is expected to meet all of Nigeria's refining needs and also export its products.

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Dave Ibemere (Senior Business Editor) Dave Ibemere is a senior business editor at He is a financial journalist with over a decade of experience in print and online media. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the African Academy for Open-Source Investigation (AAOSI), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and other media think tank groups. He previously worked with The Guardian, BusinessDay, and headed the business desk at Ripples Nigeria. Email:

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