After DSS threat, Abuja filling stations set to commence 24hrs operation
Barely 24hrs after the Department of State Services (DSS) issued a 48hrs ultimatum to all stakeholders in the oil industry to resolve the ongoing fuel scarcity across the country, many filling stations in Abuja are set to begin 24hrs operations.
Some of the fuel stations are the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited Mega station Zone one, NNPC airport road, Lugbe, AA Rano, Jabi, AA Rano Utako, AA Rano Katampe, AYM Shafa, Wuse, AYM ushafa, Shema Katampe, Shema among others.
Recall secret agency warned that it would launch a nationwide operation on saboteurs if there is still queues at various filling stations in the country after the ultimatum.
The spokesperson of DSS, Peter Afunanya said the directive came after the Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi met with the major stakeholders in the oil industry at the agency headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
Afunanya said stakeholders at the meeting included: Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Depot Operators among others.
Afunanya said at the meeting, the DSS DG made it clear to all the stakeholders that, “enough is enough”, saying that “we also made it clear that whatever the hurdles are, they must be resolved, adding that Nigerians have every right to access fuel.
He said the DSS decided to intervene in the matter because it has the mandate to investigate economic sabotage, including detecting and preventing threats to national security.
He said though the agency cannot link the current fuel scarcity to economic sabotage, it was ready to rise to the occasion to curtail the situation.
According to him, the agency told all parties involved that the DSS won’t continue to tolerate the incessant fuel scarcity, adding that all of them must go beyond their best to ensure an adequate supply of petrol across the country.
At the parley, Afunanya said the NNPCL has agreed to sell fuel at the official ex-depot price to all marketers nationwide.
He said the NNPCL also disclosed that it has sufficient stock of petroleum product, about 1.9 billion litres for distribution across the country even until after the Yuletide period.
“The question is if there is sufficient of petroleum product, why the scarcity”, Afunanya queried.