Fuel scarcity to disappear in days as more stock arrives – NNPC


filling-station-3The Nigerian National Petroleum Corpora­tion (NNPC) has assured that fuel queues will disap­pear in the next few days with the arrival of more stocks, enough to soak the nation’s demand.

NNPC Chief Executive Officer (Upstream), Bello Rabiu, gave the Corpora­tion’s assurance while brief­ing State House correspon­dents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.

Flanked by the Chief Operating Officer (Down­stream), Henry Nkem-Obi; Chief Operating Officer (Refineries), Anibo Kragha and Group General Man­ager (Public Affairs), Gar­badeen Mohammed, Rabiu, who gave the update on the supply and distribution of the product, pledged that the Corporation will saturate the market with more petrol than the nation can consume.

He disclosed that five vessels were discharging products in various parts of the country, beside the more than 120 million litres of products the private import­ers were also discharging to complement NNPC imports.

The NNPC boss ex­plained that there was delay in circulation of the products across the country because they had to be trucked since the pipelines were still not in good condition.

According to him, “The plan going forward from to­day, is that we want to make sure that we give more than what is required in the whole country. The total require­ment of the country is just about 1,300 trucks but our plan is to make at least 1,500 available everyday until this thing clears up.

“So, we want to make sure that we saturate the market in a very short time and I think you can see clearly now that Lagos is almost cleared and Abuja is getting better. Other places will follow.”

He said the Corporation knows what each state needs and the demand would be met, adding, “we just want to ensure this thing happen and quickly too.”

While apologising for the fuel scarcity on behalf of the Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachik­wu and the NNPC, Rabiu assured that it would never repeat itself.

He noted that part of the ways to guard against re­occurrence was to have in-country storage capacity so that it would take minimum time to move products to de­pots in any part of the coun­try, adding that the NNPC was therefore concentrating on that.

He added that efforts were also underway to ensure that the refineries and the pipelines were put back to order to achieve stability and make fuel queues a thing of the past.

He appealed to Nigerians  to refrain from panic buying as the products would now be available on a regular ba­sis in all the filling stations across the country. (Daily Sun)

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