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Fuel scarcity: NNPC discharges 1,135 trucks

…moves to end long queues

By Oscarline Onwuemenyi

ABUJA —The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, says it has taken proactive measures to supply the nation with fuel as it has about 14 days of sufficiency ready to discharge, 40 days on the sea and 29 days planned for March. This, it adds, is in a bid to mitigate man-hours lost on fuel queues daily across the nation.

A statement by the Group General Manager Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, revealed that about 10 vessels/shuttles have berthed and discharged 288 million litres of fuel, adding that over 1,135 trucks of fuel were loaded nationally by the Corporation and major marketers weekend.

Ajuonuma expressed optimism that with the completion of the Turn Around Maintenance, TAM, on the Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt refineries and resumption of crude supply to the refineries, the days of several man-hour loss on queues in filling stations are over.

He stated that the NNPC has also gone ahead to mobilize all its reception depots to push out as many trucks as are available to overcome the queues challenge in filling stations across the country.

Dr. Ajuonuma enjoined Nigerians living along petroleum pipelines to collaborate with the Corporation by reporting to law enforcement agencies any attempt by anybody to rupture the pipelines.

He commended the Independent Petroleum Marketing Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, for its resolve to partner with the Corporation in putting an end to fuel queues in the country and called on other stakeholders in the downstream sector of the industry to follow suit.


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