Petrol shortage: Nigerian government blames ‘bad fuel’

Nigeria’s government says it has found an unsafe amount of methanol in gasoline imported into the country, citing it as the reason for the latest round of fuel shortages that has led to long lines in Abuja and other major cities. The government said methanol, a substance commonly found in gasoline, found in the product exceeded Nigerian specifications. . This has led to the affected fuel being kept out of the supply chain, the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority he said Tuesday. Nigerians, especially in Abuja and Lagos, have endured an erratic supply of fuel for nearly a year, with gas stations operating at reduced capacity despite repeated claims by the government that it has sufficient stocks. The crisis began in 2021 after the government announced its plan to eliminate the fuel subsidy. Traders, accused by regulators of hoarding the product, have refused to resume normal operations even after the suspension of the subsidy elimination plan. A PREMIUM TIMES correspondent who visited petrol stations in Abuja on Tuesday morning found that some petrol stations were closed against shoppers, while others were besieged by motorcyclists, tricycle owners and private and commercial drivers. Many petrol stations in the Wuse, Gwagwalada and Bannex areas of Abuja sell to buyers at prices ranging from N162 to N165. At one of NNPC’s outlets in the Central Business District, there was a large crowd at the station Tuesday morning as motorists scrambled to buy gas. “This is how we see the queue this morning, but I must tell you that there are no problems. We have the product and we are selling it at N162,” a station official said. Additionally, this reporter observed queues at Dan Oil, AA Rano, Nipco and Saddi fuel stations along the Lugbe airport road. At the intersection of Zone 2 of the TotalEnergies service station, motorists were seen navigating through the queues to access the station. Eterna, located in the central business district, Azman oil and gas Ltd and Total Wuse Zone 5, opened but did not sell the product either. One taxi driver, who gave his name as Vincent, said most fuel stations are hoarding the product and urged the federal government to surround the stations and enforce the laws. “I have been here for the last two hours and they are not selling fuel,” he said. “My advice to the government is that DPR should work because most fuel stations have fuel but they’re not selling.” “If they can go around and enforce the laws, then there will be no queue that there is no fuel but they refuse to sell. That is the problem and we have been here but they are not selling. We are waiting for you,” she said. Olabisi Olaniran, an ECOWAS official who also spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, said the federal government is playing with the masses. ALSO READ: INSIDE STORY: Real Reasons For Gas Shortage, Queues Back At Nigerian Gas Stations “What I can say about this fuel shortage, for now, is that the government just decides what it wants. They are using the heads of the masses because I am sure they know what to do, but they refuse to do it. “It does not mean that we have fuel problems in this country, there is enough fuel, but because most of the fuel stations in Nigeria belong to our leaders, they always do something that will be in their favor, they do not care about the masses”, said Mr. Olaniran said. “I have to tell you that you know the game you are playing and this is very bad,” he said. In its statement on Tuesday night, the regulator said it had ordered NNPC Ltd and all oil marketing companies to maintain sufficient distribution of gasoline at all retail outlets across the country. The statement says: 1. The Nigerian Downstream and Intermediate Petroleum Regulatory Authority (the Authority) wishes to inform the general public that a limited quantity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as gasoline, containing trace amounts of methanol, was discovered in the supply chain. higher than Nigerian specifications. 2. Methanol is a common additive in gasoline and is normally blended in an acceptable amount. 3. To ensure the safety of vehicles and equipment, the limited amount of impacted product has been isolated and recalled, including trucks loaded in transit. advertisements 4. Our technical team together with NNPC Ltd and other industry stakeholders will continue to monitor and ensure that quality petroleum products are properly supplied and distributed throughout the country. 5. The originating supplier has been identified and the Authority and NNPC Ltd. will take further commercial and appropriate action. 6. NNPC Ltd and all Petroleum Marketing Companies have been instructed to maintain sufficient distribution of Gasoline at all retail outlets throughout the country. 7. Meanwhile, NNPC has stepped up efforts to increase gasoline supply in the market to close any unforeseen supply gaps. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Petrol shortage: Nigerian government blames ‘bad fuel’