Following Federal Government’s directive for the 24-hour sale of petroleum products to the public, motorists in Nasarawa State have welcomed the development and expressed delight over the level of compliance by Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) retail stations in Lafia, the state capital.
Motorists hailed the move which they see as a way of checking the excesses of petroleum marketers who are believed to be hoarding the products thereby creating artificial scarcity leading to panic buying at exorbitant prices.
Speaking to our reporter when he visited the Shabu Mega station at about 10pm on Sunday, a former member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Adamu Muazu Adogi, who was on queue for fuel, commended the efforts of the Federal Government in trying to meet the needs of ordinary citizens.
He expressed worry over what is happening in the petroleum industry saying it needs the collective understanding and cooperation of Nigerians to surmount it.
Another motorist, Atose Mohammed, said the 24-hour service offered by the NNPC retail stations would go a long way in halting the difficulties being faced by Nigerians who have been at the receiving end policy shifts and subsidy tussle in the petroleum industry.
He called on government to sustain the initiative even as he expressed confidence in the high level of compliance by the management of the NNPC retail station in the state capital who have continued to offer sustained services to the members of the public since the directive was issued last week.
In his remarks, Alhaji Zubairu Bala Adamu, the manager of the Mega filling station, said government has made true its resolve to sustain the initiative by making fuel available for sale to Nigerians.
“As I speak to you, we have enough fuel in our dump to last for the next 24 hours. We also have two truckloads of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) yet to be discharged and before it is exhausted, we would have received more supplies”.