Most petrol stations in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja had complied with Federal Government’s directive to sell petrol at N86 per litre for NNPC retail stations and N86.50k for other marketers.
The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that all the stations visited had enough products, as well as standby trucks loaded with the petrol.
It was also gathered that the stations visited such as Conoil, Oando, Total and Mobil filling stations within the city centre witnessed very low patronage.
Mr Suleiman Mohammed, the Sales Representative of NNPC retail station and a Supervisor of FCT retail stations, said that the directive took effect from 12 a.m. on 1 January, 2016.
Mohammed said all NNPC stations in the FCT have substantially complied with the new directive.
He said that the NNPC Mega Station along Olusegun Obasanjo Way in Abuja currently had over 200,000 litres of petrol and four standby trucks containing 45,000 litres each.
He, therefore, urged FCT residents not to panic as petrol stations in the territory had enough products to cater for their demands.
An independent Marketer and Manager of Oando filling station along Olusegun Obasanjo Way in Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, Mr Mohammed, said the station had complied with the new directive but there was low patronage.
He said the station had more than 300,000 litres of the product both in stock and in standby trucks.
An investigation by NAN revealled that other stations such as Conoil, Total filling stations in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, also witnessed low patronage, except Mobil filling station in Utako, Abuja, which had appreciable number of customers.
Some motorists on queue who were waiting to buy the product said they were happy now that petrol was available everywhere and filling stations were selling at the approved price.
On his part, a taxi driver, Mr Gabriel Akoh, thanked the Federal Government for the reduction in pump price and urged the government to ensure availability of the product at all time.
The Federal Government had directed all retail stations of the NNPC to sell petrol at N86 per litre as from 1 January, while independent petrol marketers should sell at N86.50k a litre.
Mr Farouk Ahmed, the Executive Secretary, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), announced this at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ahmed said that the reduction in the price of the commodity was due to an implementation of the revised components of the Petroleum Products Pricing Template for PMS and Household Kerosene.