There is enough petrol to serve Nigeria till the end of first quarter of 2018, but petrol pump nozzles are dry in over 80% of fuel stations across the nation. 

The petrol scarcity is becoming worse and no one seems to know why this is happening at a festive period like Christmas.

Nigeria has indeed had fuel scarcity at this time more often than at other months of the year.

Again no one knows why, but the Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, Senator Hope Uzodinma, believes it is all about politics.

Some people are playing politics with the distribution of petroleum products through hoarding and diversions, he said.

The Senator wants agencies and individuals in the oil and gas industry to avoid sabotaging Nigerians during Christmas by making products scarce.

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In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Uzodinma said the scarcity coming at a time Christians were preparing to join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate the birth of Christ, smacked of a great disservice to Nigerians.

The lawmaker added that from statistics available to his committee, “the volume of petroleum products imported into Nigeria could serve motorists until the first quarter of next year.

“Christians all over the world and indeed Nigeria hold the Christmas period dear to their hearts and nobody or group of persons should be seen to be sabotaging this all important feast.’’

He called on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to carry out thorough investigation into the scarcity with a view to sanctioning erring dealers.

According to him, since the increase in pump price of fuel in the last two years, there has been steady supply of petrol in fuel stations.

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He further called on the NNPC to consider extending its searchlight on possible sabotage within its management to fish out those bent on frustrating government’s effort.

Meanwhile, Uzodinma appealed to Nigerians to remain calm and be faithful to God in the spirit of the season.

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