Queues at fuel stations have persisted in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna and other states following the findings and withdrawal of contaminated petrol across the world.
A survey on Monday showed that the queues were increasing, since last week when the news of the adulterated fuel spread across the nation.
Meanwhile, about 100 million litres of adulterated Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was observed to have been supplied to Nigeria.
The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) in a statement confirmed that the shipment from Belgium contained a higher level of methanol than the Nigerian specification for petrol.
It stated that it was working with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPC) to withdraw the bad product and supply quality products without delay.
NNPC later admitted that its inspectors tested and certified all the imported cargoes of petrol but that the test was not for methanol which was said to be higher in the product.
The Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director of NNPC Ltd, Mallam Mele Kyari, on Thursday named the firms NNPC engaged to import the product from 20th January 2022.
He said NNPC investigation revealed the presence of methanol in four PMS cargoes imported by the Direct-Sale-Direct-Purchase (DSDP) suppliers which are MRS, Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium, Oando and Duke Oil (NNPC subsidiary) all from LITASCO Terminal in Antwerp-Belgium.
Kyari said to prevent the distribution of the petrol, the company ordered the quarantine of all un-evacuated volumes and the holding back of all the affected products in transit (both truck and marine).
He also assured that NNPC has the capacity to restore sanity in the supply and distribution of petrol shortly.
When contacted for comments, the President of Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Alhaji Debo Ahmed, said the problems have persisted since the withdrawal of the contaminated product in circulation.
He stated that the marketers were not expecting the disruption being experienced across the country.
“We never expected this type of shortfall. We were expecting that after the bad products were withdrawn, things would be normal but because of the gap this created, it is what is causing this scarcity. But I am sure very soon, everything will be alright,” he said.
Also speaking, the National Vice President IPMAN, Abubakar Maigandi, said the petroleum marketers were already loading products since Thursday, noting that the queues will end soon.
Another petroleum marketer, Rasheed Olapade, said many depots in Lagos, Ibadan, Ilorin were not loading as of Monday.
“Ilorin depot is not loading and it is supplying nothing less than seven states. See what is happening in Lagos and with our normal attitude of sharp practices, there is no way you can remove that one from the problem.
“But as I am talking to you, most of the NNPC depots are not loading.”
A petroleum marketer in Abuja, Yahaya Sule, said there are places within Abuja where queues are short but that such stations had sold the adulterated petrol last week and so, motorists are avoiding them.
“It will take time for those stations to regain the confidence of their customers,” he added.