Finally, NNPC Sets Date to Clear All Queues at Filling Station, Crash Fuel Price

Finally, NNPC Sets Date to Clear All Queues at Filling Station, Crash Fuel Price

  • The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd has assured that fuel scarcity and queues will be over soon
  • The Chief Communications Officer Olufemi Soneye announced that there are over 1.5 billion litres of products available
  • The national vice president of IPMAN echoed optimism, though Abuja queues may persist due to distance from Lagos journalist Dave Ibemere has over a decade of business journalism experience with in-depth knowledge of the Nigerian economy, stocks, and general market trends.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPCL) has assured Nigerians that the ongoing fuel scarcity and queues will be cleared out by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

The Chief Communications Officer of NNPCL, Olufemi Soneye, said this to journalists on Tuesday in Lagos.

NNPC fuel scarcity
NNPC says fuel scarcity will be over by Wednesday Photo credit: Nigeria Info
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According to Soneye, the company currently has products available exceeding 1.5 billion litres, which can last for at least 30 days.

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He said:

“Unfortunately, we experienced a three-day disruption in distribution due to logistical issues, which has since been resolved.
“However, as you know, overcoming such disruptions typically requires double the amount of time to return to normal operations."

The NNPC spokesman blamed the current fuel prices of N700 to N800 per litre in the country on marketers taking advantage of the situation, promising that prices will crash when operation returns to normal PremuimTimes reports.

He stated:

“Some folks are taking advantage of this situation to maximize profits.
“Thankfully, product scarcity has been minimal lately, but these folks might be exploiting the situation for unwarranted gain. The lines will be cleared out between today and tomorrow."

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Despite NNPC assurance, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) believes the current petrol scarcity will continue for at least two weeks.

Chinedu Ukadike, IPMAN's public relations officer, disclosed that the product is not available in the country.

He explained that the current challenges, Ukadike noted that petrol scarcity is due to the challenges of sourcing the product because most refineries in Europe are undergoing turnaround maintenance.

Filling stations sell petrol at new prices

Earlier, reported that several filling stations across the country have adjusted their pump prices in reaction to the scarcity.

In Lagos, some filling stations sell at N650 per litre, while in states such as Abia, it costs N700 to N750 per litre.

The scarcity is even worse in the northern part of the country, with reports of the black market selling a litre of fuel for as high as N2,000.


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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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