By Oscarline Onwuemenyi
ABUJA â€“ The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has approved the immediate purchase and deployment of ultra modern vessel tracking device Â to enable the â€˜NNPC â€˜War Roomâ€™ maintain an unimpeded tracking of ships and ocean liners conveying petroleum products to Nigeria.
According to a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Department of the NNPC, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, and made available to our correspondent in Abuja , the reason is to ensure a complete sanitization of the petroleum products supply/distribution chain in the country.
The War Room, a special task force, was created last week by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo with a stern directive to end the perennial fuel supply and distribution challenge noticeable in some Nigerian cities especially Lagos and Abuja within seven days.
But less than 48 hours to the expiration of the deadline, Â reprieve came the way of Nigerians as the aggressive fuel supply sanitization exercise mounted by the Task Force gave rise to the rapid disappearance of fuel queues across the country.
Throwing more light on the use of the device, Mallam Farouk Ahmed, Executive Director Commercial, Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, a subsidiary of the NNPC, explained that the device which has since been deployed to maximum benefit by the â€˜War Roomâ€™, enables the Corporation to predict with exactitude when vessels would arrive and make contingency arrangement in case of any delay in arrival.
â€œIt helps us to monitor the Vessels from the loading Port to the discharge Port. We know the speed at which she is travelling, the exact coordinate, where she is heading for and estimated time of arrival. We also know if she is stationary or has broken down or gone somewhere to take bunkers,â€ Ahmed explained.