Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of NNPC

NNPC boosts daily petrol truck-out to 1,661 to address emerging fuel queues

*The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation assures consumers there are about two billion litres of petrol in strategic depots to keep the country well-supplied for the next two months

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In an attempt to address the gradual buildup of fuel queues at filling stations in some parts of the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed it increased the daily supply of Premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as petrol from previous 550 trucks to 1,661 trucks.

Dr. Kennie Obateru, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, in a statement late Tuesday, April 20, 2021, quoted Mr. Musa Lawan, Managing Director of Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), as saying that there are about two billion litres of PMS in strategic depots across the country to keep the nation well supplied for two months if no drop of fuel was imported in that period.

The PPMC Chief said: “We have embarked on massive load out. Today, we trucked out 1,661 trucks from all depots across the country.

“Reports reaching us show that they have already started arriving at the filling stations. We believe that this would ease out the queues.”

Lawan disclosed that a 24-hour situation monitoring committee has been set up to track the movements of trucks from the depots to the various filling stations across the country, assuring that the queues will thin out in the next few days.

The disruption in the distribution chain was caused by the strike embarked upon by Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) over compensation, he noted.

He assured that with the suspension of the strike upon the intervention of Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, and subsequent resumption of loading, coupled with the extension of loading time, normalcy would soon return to the filling stations across the country.

The statement recalled that the GMD’s intervention Monday, April 19 led to the suspension of the strike by the PTD for a week.

Malam Kyari, while speaking in a similar vein at the State House, Abuja, FCT, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday assured that with the resumption of loading, normalcy would soon return to the fuel situation in Nigeria.

The NNPC GMD said the ex-depot price of petrol would remain the same for May, while urging marketers not to engage in arbitrary product price increase.

He urged motorists to avoid panic buying in order not to compound the situation.

Kyari urged all relevant stakeholders in the downstream sector to collaborate with the NNPC to ensure a quick return to the zero-fuel queues situation that Nigerian consumers had been enjoying before the unfortunate disruption of the distribution chain.

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