Blame and counter-blame are emerging from the government and oil marketers over the petrol scarcity crisis that Nigeria has found itself once again.

Lamentations and dampened spirit have characterised a period Nigerians are supposed to be celebrating and there seems to be no end to the crisis at sight.

This is happening at a time that there have been consistent news of patrol landing at the nation's sea port in Lagos.

It was the turn of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to tell citizens why they cannot find petrol at fuel stations or even buy it at 145 Naira when it is available. 

The agency has put the blame on corridor of marketers, insisting that some of them are unpatriotic.

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The Director-General of the Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja described it as an intentional “ploy by conscienceless and unpatriotic marketers to force government to increase the pump price of the product.

“I call on Nigerians to ask why and how without any sign of scarcity, they suddenly woke up to most petrol stations across the country not selling fuel instantaneously.

“In spite of increase supplies by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, petroleum marketers have resorted to deliberate hoarding in order to subject Nigerians to unwarranted hardship during this yuletide.

“This is an unpatriotic practice by the petroleum marketers,” Abari said.

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The NOA boss urged Nigerians to join hands to condemn and expose the marketers who hoard PMS.

He called for a thorough investigation into the fuel scarcity with a view to bringing unpatriotic elements behind the act to book.

Abari, however, assured Nigerians that government was doing everything possible to ensure that the ugly situation was speedily resolved.

He expressed confidence that Nigerians would soon heave a sigh of relief within the remaining days of the year.

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On their part, marketers have blamed the exchange rate and increase in the price of crude in the international market as reasons they want the increase in pump price, insisting that landing cost was more than official price of 145 Naira per litre.

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