Lokoja Flood Increases Fuel Scarcity in Abuja and North-Central States

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By Basit Jamiu

A report from a reputable petroleum organization has shown that flooding in Lokoja, the capital city of Kogi State is the source of current fuel scarcity in Abuja and other states in north-central Nigeria.

According to a recent statement from the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), grounded oil trucks due to the flooded Lokoja road have reduced supply, which invariably increased oil demand and its scarcity.

The NMDPRA said that solutions, such as alternative routes, are currently being tested to mitigate the situation. 

“The Authority assured the public that there are sufficient petroleum products inland. Consequently, the general public is advised to avoid panic buying at fuel stations as the NMDPRA is working assiduously with relevant stakeholders and government agencies to ensure product availability across the country, “the statement read in part.

The statement also advised marketers to shun hoarding the product as this would aggravate the scarcity problem.

The NMDPRA affirms that it is committed to serving Nigerians by providing a seamless and adequate supply and distribution of petroleum nationwide.

Flooding has destroyed lives and properties in various communities in Kogi State in the last few days.

Some of the local government areas most affected in Kogi State include Koton-Karfe, Omala, Ibaji and Lokoja.

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