The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has assured motorists that there is enough Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as gasoline, in the country, urging them to stop panic buying.
IPMAN National Secretary Alhaji Danladi Pasali said this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
He said there was no need to panic shopping, which had led to long lines at Abuja gas stations.
Pasali said some gas station owners feared that the price of crude oil, which had risen, would affect the price of gasoline.
“People should not fear and panic shopping as there is enough fuel on the ground,” he said.
Pasali also advised the masses to avoid rumors and encourage the government.
Some of the motorists who spoke to NAN said they noticed the long lines and decided to reload.
A taxi driver, who identified himself as Abel Maduka, said that he had been at the service station since morning to buy fuel to run his business, and that after a long time he had yet to buy.
“Not all fuel pumps are selling and therefore the tail is not moving. Big cars enter through the other door, making the poor suffer and that is not fair.
“I pray that the government addresses this soon,” he said.
Another taxi driver, Mr. Ezeh Henry, said that the situation was bad for the economy and that he had lost the day at the gas station.
“I was afraid to go out, but I am the breadwinner of my family and they must eat,” he lamented.
NAN reports that most of the filling stations that recorded the queues are: Shema Filling Station, AA Ranonoil, Conoil, Mobil, Dan oil PLC and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Rain oil, Gegu filling stations, all located along Kado, Gwarimpa, Kubwa Highway.
Also, some gas stations along Gwarimpa, the Kubwa Highway did not open, the queue started on February 28.