The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the holiday period, embarked on plans to expand the supply of petrol to the hinterlands by using the facilities of major marketers and depot owners to keep the product stable.

The corporation noted that the measure was put in place to meet with the directives of Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and its Group Managing Director. On December 20 2015, the minister /GMD stated that the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) and Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) would embark on renewed special supply intervention to ensure a country-wide availability of petroleum products for the holidays.

The statement signed by Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Public Affairs, explained that the special supply intervention entails the ramping up of additional supply via massive truck-out to guarantee product penetration to the nooks and crannies of the country. It also stated that daily fuel truck out to locations such as Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu, Ibadan and Jos has also been increased significantly to enhance free flow of products. It also stated that it would in this regard consolidate on its strategic alliance with some major depot owners and oil marketers with strong regional logistics outlay in those areas to ensure maximum infiltration of products especially in the hinterlands.

In a bid to ensure the total eradication of queues from fuel stations across the country, Kachikwu, also ordered the deployment of NNPC staff to filling stations across the country for effective monitoring of the distribution system. Speaking at an emergency meeting with senior staff of the corporation at the NNPC Towers, he said that though there were a number of challenges in the supply and distribution system that hamper efficient distribution of products across the country, it was time for NNPC to rise above the challenges by ensuring that the special intervention supplies are not diverted or hoarded. “This calls for effective monitoring of the supply system, especially at the end points, to ascertain that what is trucked out from the depots is delivered at the designated fuel stations and dispensed to the public in the most efficient manner. We need you to be out there to help achieve this; we can’t be at ease while Nigerians are going through so much pain to get fuel”.

Johnson Alabi
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