FG Orders Deployment Of NNPC Staff To Petrol Stations

The Federal Government, yesterday, ordered the deployment of staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to petrol stations across the country to help check sharp practices and ensure the smooth supply and distribution of the product.
This was even as the NNPC stated that about 200 truckloads of fuel have entered Abuja, while another ?567 trucks have been dispatched nationwide under the special intervention fuel supply for the Yuletide season.
This was contained in a statement issued by the NNPC, after ?an emergency meeting between the Minister and senior staff of the NNPC in Abuja.
?The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, who gave the directive during the meeting, stated that the involvement of NNPC’s staff became necessary following the need to ensure total eradication of queues from fuel stations across the country and for effective monitoring of the distribution system.
He urged the staff to be ?ready to sacrifice their Christmas break if need be?, while he called on the staff to work towards achieving zero-queues at their respective stations as soon as possible.
He challenged staff to volunteer for the monitoring exercise, adding that standing up to provide creative solutions to challenges was what the new NNPC is all about.
Kachikwu further stated 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.
He said, ?“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.”
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Long Queues At Abuja Petrol Stations Will Soon Disappear- DPR

The Department of Petroleum Resources has said that fuel queues in Abuja will soon disappear as 3.2 million litres of petrol were released to the city from Suleja Depot on Thursday.

Mohammed Saidu, Zonal spokesperson DPR Abuja, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday.

Saidu said the volume supplied on Thursday would bring fuel supply to the city within two days to 9.3 million litres.

He said that 6.1 million litres of fuel was lifted by marketers from Suleja Depot on Wednesday to meet the demand of motorists in Abuja.

He, however, expressed optimism that the situation would improve before next week.

Saidu warned marketers against hoarding or selling above the official pump price, adding that whosoever was caught defrauding or cheating motorists would face the full wrath of the law.

He said that the DPR would take decisive action against such marketers or filling station owners.

Meanwhile, queues at filling stations have reduced, especially at the NNPC Mega Filling Station on Olusegun Obasanjo Way, Central Area, as well as Conoil and Total filling stations opposite NNPC headquarters.

NAN reports that the major marketing stations mentioned sold products at the official pump price of N87 per litre, while black market operators sold between N120 and N150 per litre.

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DPR Threatens to Clamp Down Stations Hoarding Petrol

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Tuesday threatened to clamped down indefinitely any petrol filling station engaged in hoarding.

Chioma Njoku, Operations’ Controller for Lagos Zone of the agency, made the assertion in Lagos. Njoku said that the agency’s surveillance teams would clamp down on filling stations hoarding petrol or selling above the approved rate of N87 per liter.

According to her, the department has been inundated with complaints from the public on the arbitrarily fixing of petrol prices above the government approved rate.

She said such actions of the marketers negated the rules of engagement, stressing that DPR would sanction any outlet that indulged in illegal acts. Njoku also charged marketers of petroleum products in Lagos to ensure that the products supply and distribution to the public met the recommended specifications.

She said that DPR had sanctioned some erring marketers caught hoarding petrol and engaging in other sharp practices. She said the DPR would have sanctioned many more stations that were caught with sharp practices but decided to warn them due to the situation at hand. She said also that the current scarcity was artificial and that the DPR would continue to ensure compliance at the filling stations and depots across the country.

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