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Petrol scarcity: Flooding on truck route disrupted distribution chain, says FG

Petrol scarcity: Flooding on trucking route disrupted distribution chain, says FG Petrol scarcity: Flooding on trucking route disrupted distribution chain, says FG

The federal government says recent flooding and weather concerns have temporarily disrupted the fuel distribution chain.

In a statement on Monday, Heineken Lokpobiri, minister of state for petroleum resources (oil), said the government’s dedicated team is working tirelessly to resolve the issues.

“I understand the frustration many of you are feeling due to the fuel queues in cities such as Abuja,” Lokpobiri said.

“Recent flooding on the trucking route and unavoidable logistical challenges due to weather concerns have temporarily disrupted our distribution chain.

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“I assure you that our dedicated team is working round the clock to resolve these issues. We are committed to restoring normal fuel supply as quickly as possible. 

“Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Together, we will overcome these challenges.”

On Monday, queues for petrol resurfaced across filling stations in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited said the supply disruption in Abuja was caused by thunderstorms and the consequential flooding of trucking routes which constrained movement of petrol to Abuja from coastal corridors. 

On July 4, a Reuters report said the NNPC is struggling to cover the gap between fixed pump prices and international fuel costs due to over $6 billion in debt to petrol suppliers.

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