By Temitope Owotoki
The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) Sunday, advised motorists to desist from panic buying, stating that there is currently enough quantity of the commodity to last the country 21 days.
Alhaji Abdulkadir Saidu, the Executive Secretary of the PPPRA, in a statement said that the agency would continually monitor the supply of the commodity to forestall a disruption in the system.
“The Agency has observed the sudden re-appearance of queues at some filling stations over speculation of short fall in the supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
“PPPRA in line with its mandate to regulate petroleum products supply and distribution as well as establish an industry data bank has continued to monitor products supply in the sector in line with best practices.
“Thus, PMS average daily supply for the year 2017, 2018 and 2019 are about 46 million, 54 million and 56 million litres respectively. These indicate an improved level of supply in 2019.
“Based on the available data, there is adequate supply of PMS with over 21 days sufficiency. PPPRA therefore urges fuel consumers across the country to desist from panic buying as the Agency would continue to monitor the supply situation and take every step required to ensure that there is no disruption in the supply chain.
“The Agency wishes to assure Nigerians to disregard the panic buying as there is adequate product supply in the system to meet the demands of consumers.”
Meanwhile, the fuel supply situation improved in Abuja, Sunday, as the long queues recorded in petrol stations since Friday, were gradually thinning out as most of the petrol stations in the metropolis were selling petrol.
All the petrol stations along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, were attending to motorists, including most of the petrol stations in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Airport Road and Central Business District.