Nigerians do not have to worry about fuel scarcity during the forthcoming Yuletide. This is coming from the House of Representatives and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
No scarcity if distribution holds firm
The assurance was given by Hon. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya – Chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Petroleum and Mr. Mele Kyari – Group Managing Director of the NNPC, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, while inspecting the Ijegun-Egba road recently rehabilitated by operators of petroleum product depots in the axis to ease the transportation of their products and bring succor to residents.
Delegates at the inspection tour
Addressing the press in Lagos during the tour, Kyari stated that more than 2.6 billion liters of petrol were in store to serve the transportation needs of the country during Christmas and New Year celebrations. Acknowledging the possibility of scarcity due to distribution challenges, the NNPC boss said that there was an effective distribution chain to prevent that from happening. He expressed confidence in stakeholders for their compliance, and was optimistic that they would not be involved in the sharp practices that used to take place before now.
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Depot owners and Nigerian Army fixes supply route
Kyari also gave thumbs up to the owners of depots who fixed the Ijegun-Egba road by engaging the services of the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers. According to him, their kind gesture will not only fast track the movement of petroleum products but also grant members of the community easy transportation.
“There is a wider engagement of all stakeholders including NNPC, the Federal Ministry of Works, the deport owners, the Lagos State Government to make sure that we have a lasting solution to this. But in the main time, I think we have done a good job on this, and I believe we have this palliative situation that will make us deliver products to our locations”.
Fuel scarcity is the standard in the country during end-of-year festivities. With this assurance from the NNPC and House of Representatives, Nigerians are going to be pleased to not suffer it this year.
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