Three Die In Kano Fuelling Station Fire

Fuelling Station FireThree persons were said to have been killed after a fire incident engulfed a fuelling station along Muritala Muhammad Way in Kano State, North West Nigeria.

Eyewitnesses told Channels TV correspondent in Kano that the fire started when a petrol tanker was attempting to unload fuel at about 3:30PM.

“The fuelling station was already selling fuel when the tanker arrived with fuel, the next thing we saw was inferno which eventually killed the driver and one of his boys,” the eyewitness said.

Some vehicle owners who were on the queue were not lucky as their vehicles also went up in flames.

Some business centres adjacent to the fuelling station were also destroyed after the fire escalated from the premises of the fuelling station.

Although state fire services and other fire fighting agencies tried hard to put out the fire, they could not stop the damage already done.

Meanwhile, the Head of Operation attached to the National Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) in Kano, Usman Muhammad, said that few other people were rushed to the hospital for injuries sustained while running away from the fire.

Attempts to speak with officials of AA Rano Oil and Gas in Kano were not successful.

Fuel Scarcity Hits Ibadan, Oyo State

fuel scarcityMotorists are groaning as queues reappeared in fueling stations across Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

The situation has started creating panic among residents.

Going round some major roads within Ibadan, Channels TV discovered that only a handful of petrol stations were selling petrol while majority were not selling.

Both the independent and major marketers appeared to be affected as most were not selling.

Some motorists are suspecting that some filling stations are possibly hoarding the products as no explanation has been given for the non-availability of the product.

Some of the station managers who spoke to Channels TV denied this allegation and told our correspondent that they were not dispensing fuel because they did not have product to sell.

However, managers of some of the few stations selling claimed that they had no idea why there should be any form of fuel scarcity.

These few stations sold at the official pump price but there were fears that they might not be doing so for long if the fuel scarcity continues.

Efforts to get the NNPC or the leadership of IPMAN for comments were unsuccessful.

Lai Mohammed Blames Fuel Crisis On Past Administration  

Lai MohammedThe Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, has blamed the lingering fuel crisis on what he called the sins of the past administration.

The Minister, who was answering questions from State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Monday, said that the Muhammadu Buhari administration inherited 522 billion naira subsidy arrears which was incurred as far back as August 2014.

He said that the revelation came when the administration went to the National Assembly for a supplementary budget of 674 billion naira out of which 522 billion was for arrears of fuel subsidy.

According to him, the last administration failed to make adequate provision for fuel subsidy.

Mr Lai Mohammed, however, said that the NNPC is gradually importing fuel that will help cushion the effect of fuel shortage.

Meanwhile, at a media interaction in Abuja recently, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) expressed belief that there would be no fresh subsidy in the 2016 budget.

The Group General Manager, Corporate Planning, Mr Bello Rabiu, explained that a new framework was being worked on for the management of subsidy on petrol.

Mr Rabiu said that the new template would eliminate subsidy in the next few months, leaving the price of petrol at a capped price of 97 Naira.

Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder In Adamawa

fuel scarcityAs fuel scarcity continues to bite harder in Nigeria, Adamawa State is not left out of the lack of the product.

A litre of petrol which before the scarcity sold at 150 Naira at the black market has risen to 250 Naira per litre.

The fuel situation has continued to deteriorate as fewer filling station have the commodity.

Only the NNPC retail outlets have been attending to customers but they have had to endure staying for hours or days on long queues to buy the fuel.

Some Adamawa residents who spoke to Channels Television believe that a shortage in the supply of the product is responsible for the fuel scarcity in the state.

Some also attributed the scarcity to the activities of black marketers and those who smuggle the product to the neighbouring Cameroon.

Investigations by Channels Television reveal that only three NNPC filling stations are dispensing to customers as they continue to spend hours to obtain the product.

Lagos Fuel Scarcity Is Artificially Induced – NNPC

Omar Farouk NNPCThe Spokesman for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Omar Farouk Ibrahim, has described the reappearance of long queues of vehicles at filling stations in Lagos as an artificially induced scarcity.

While speaking to Channels Television via telephone on Sunrise Daily, he said that there were absolutely no reasons for filling stations not to sell fuel to the people.

He revealed that there had been a similar situation in Abuja in the previous week and the special task force comprising NNPC, PPPRA, and the DPR went out to ensure that all the lines in Abuja were decimated.

He then stated that the NNPC did not believe that there was fuel scarcity in Lagos, but rather they believed that people were hoarding because some think that Government was going to raise the price of petrol, an assumption he said “there is no truth in”.

“Government is not, as far as we know, going to raise any price, and retailers who have fuel in their tanks should please release it for people to buy.”

The Executive Secretary of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, Obafemi Olaore, had been quoted to have said, “The Federal Government through the PPPRA just released the 1st quarter allocation of fuel importation to petroleum marketers who will now commence importation of the product”. He also said that importers should have brought in the products in the next one month.

Mr. Farouk, in his response to the statement, confirmed the said release to have been done on February 20, but added that there are already vessels on the West African waters waiting to come into Nigeria and he did not feel the marketers would delay in getting the products into the country.

He insisted that the fuel scarcity in Lagos had nothing to do with the importation of the products but rather the deliberate act of the filling stations to hoard the product, providing instances as experienced by the special task force to validate the view.

He promised that as the task force has successfully cleared the queues in Abuja, it would do same in Lagos and other places starting from Monday, March 3.