18 September 2017, Sweetcrude, Abuja — The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Monday, said the fire incident which occurred at Apapa loading jetty will not lead to fuel scarcity and would not affect the supply of petroleum products across the country.
The NNPC in a statement in Abuja stated that the fire was sparked from the activities of hoodlums who were scooping fuels spilled from ships discharging fuels at the jetty.
It noted that the NNPC has deployed a team of engineers to the jetty while the repair of the affected parts would commence immediately.
Speaking on the issue, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, described the occurrence as unfortunate, assuring that NNPC has more than 1.6 billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, enough to last for 48 days.
Baru also said the NNPC had in stock sufficient quantity of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), also known as diesel, Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), otherwise referred to as kerosene, as well as Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK) to serve the country.
The NNPC advised motorists not to engage in panic paying, adding that they report any challenge they may have in the course of purchasing to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) which is statutorily empowered to deal with such issues.
The NNPC also stated that the government is working assiduously to arrive at an amicable resolution of outstanding issues with the industry unions.