The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA)on Thursday issued an appeal to the general public to refrain from purchasing fuel in a state of panic as every effort is being made to resolve the fuel shortage at some filling stations.

However, it stated that the recent shortage in fuel supply is caused by unprecedented flooding in Lokoja, Kogi State capital, which has submerged a greater part of the city and grounded all vehicular movements has affected the distribution of petroleum products to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and environs, adding that as part of measures to mitigate the situation, trucking via alternative routes is currently ongoing.

According to the statement, the Authority assured the public that there are sufficient petroleum products inland, pleading with the general public 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.

It advised marketers to desist from hoarding the product to not inflict hardship on Nigerians.

It further reaffirmed its commitment to Nigerians to ensure the uninterrupted supply and distribution of petroleum products nationwide.


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