Fuel Queues Hit Lagos, Others As Thieves Vandalise Pipelines

Long queues for Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) have reappeared at filling stations in Lagos and Ogun states, as well as in some other locations in South-Western states of Nigeria. The situation is indicative of a growing concern over a potential fuel shortage in the country.

Despite the queues not being seen in Abuja and other states in the North, depots in Lagos are reportedly running low on petrol. Many stations, particularly along the Oshodi-Ojodu Berger Expressway and sections of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, had vehicles queuing up to purchase petrol, causing traffic congestion.

The issue seems to be related to a combination of factors, including pipeline vandalism, forex challenges, and limited importation of petroleum products. The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) noted that pipeline vandalism has affected the availability of products, particularly in Lagos and the South-West. It was also mentioned that depots are running dry due to these challenges.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had previously cut down on its fuel imports program with the expectation that the Dangote Refinery would help alleviate the situation. However, the refinery’s operations have been delayed, and it seems that private marketers are not importing enough products either, causing a shortage in the market.

The scarcity of fuel is causing concern among motorists and the public, as it could potentially lead to higher prices and transportation difficulties. This situation highlights the ongoing challenges faced by Nigeria’s petroleum industry, including issues related to infrastructure, maintenance, and supply chain disruptions.