The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has blamed oil marketers for the persistent queues still existing in some states of the federation.
DPR claims that the Federal Government has put all its resources in place to ensure that fuel is distributed across the country.
The agency also accused the marketers of hoarding and diverting petrol so they can make more gain.
Punch reports that DPR, through one of its Directors, Mordecai Ladan, issued a statement saying “Every effort is being made to ensure that the petroleum products’ supply and distribution situation in the country is normalised. Marketers must ensure that petroleum products get across to Nigerians quickly and at the regulated prices.
“Government is making petroleum products sufficiently available. Therefore, the DPR urges all operators of petroleum product depots, filling stations as well as tanker drivers and other stakeholders to desist from unwholesome activities of hoarding, diversion, adulteration and pump manipulation in order to avoid untoward hardship to motorists and the general public.
“The security agencies, in collaboration with the DPR, will arrest and prosecute any errant marketer involved in sabotaging government’s commitment at making petroleum products readily available to Nigerians,” Ladan said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has again promised that the lingering fuel scarcity across the country will end by next week.