NNPC Assures of Sufficient Fuel Supply through Festive Period …Urges Nigerians to Shun Panic Buying

BY Joseph BAMIDELE 

 ABUJA-Conscious of the high demand for petroleum products that characterizes the end of year season along with its festivities, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has stepped up supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country to ensure that motorists do not have to queue at filling stations before buying fuel.
The Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Mr. Fidel Pepple, who disclosed this in a statement said the Corporation through its subsidiary, the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), has intensified efforts at ensuring that fuel is available in every nook and cranny of the country so that people can travel with ease to join their families and friends for the Eid-el-Kabir and other festivals coming up towards the
end of the year.
“We have stepped up fuel supply and distribution across the country to ensure that motorists can drive into any filling station and buy fuel without queuing up, especially during this period of the year that comes with a lot of holidays and festivities. We have increased the number of truck loadings to all the geo-political zones of the country and we hope to sustain this from now through the Sallah holidays to the Christmas and New Year,” he stated.
Giving a break down of truck supply figures to Abuja and environs for the month of October, Pepple said the last few days have witnessed a sharp rise in the number of fuel trucks from an average of 92 to 118, adding that this trend will not only be sustained but improved upon across the country.
The number of fuel trucks supplied to Abuja and environs from the Kaduna Refinery from 15 to 18 October, 2012, according to him, are: 100, 120, 112 and 131 respectively.
“This has greatly improved the situation and the queues have disappeared in Abuja. We are also doing same in Lagos where we have increased trucking from the depots to Lagos and across the Southwest,” Pepple explained.
For Lagos, a total of 472 trucks have been distributed to filling stations across the state between 17 and 23 October with the daily figures as follows: 
Date
Number of Trucks
Equivalent in Litres
23 October, 2012
118
3,916,000
22 October, 2012
62
2,046,000
21 October, 2012
76
2,515,000
20 October, 2012
36
1,188,000
19 October, 2012
46
1,528,000
18 October, 2012
52
1,716,000
17 October, 2012
82
2,754,000
Total
472
15,663,000
On the diversion of products that was noticed early last week, he said a monitoring committee set up by the PPMC has swung into action tracking the movement of the trucks to stem the trend.
He called on motorists to avoid panic buying, adding: “There is no threat of fuel scarcity, we are working round the clock to surmount the distribution challenge and I can assure that the measures we have put in place are proving effective. So we call on motorists not to engage in panic buying which can result in unnecessary queues and create hardship for Nigerians, which is what we are trying to avoid.”  
 

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