…We’ve over two billion litres of petrol — NNPC
Michael James and Ike Amos
Lagos/Abuja — The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, has assured motorists of ample availability of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol,
This came as the NNPC spokesman, Dr. Kennie Obateru, in a statement, allayed fears over scarcity of the PMS, stating that the corporation has over two billion litres of the commodity in stock.
The NNPC boss attributed the emergence of queues at some petrol stations across the country to the disruption of the free flow of vehicular movement occasioned by curfews and restrictions of movement particularly in Lagos State.
Mallam Kyari urged motorists not to engage in panic-buying of petroleum products as the NNPC has over 2 billion litres of petrol in stock to guarantee steady supply and at least 60-day-product supply sufficiency nationwide.
“The disruptions or curtailment of free flow of vehicular movement occasioned by the ‘End SARS Protests’ and the attendant curfews, restrictions, and vandalism, particularly in Lagos obviously affected petroleum products movement and distribution.
With the easing of the curfews and restrictions of movement by various state governors, normalcy is expected to return to the petroleum products supply chain in the next couple of days,” Mallam Kyari reassured.
He expressed NNPC’s commitment to a zero-fuel queue scenario, maintaining that the corporation has emplaced measures that would guarantee energy security for the country.
Obateru, on his part, also cautioned motorists against panic buying, assuring that the fuel supply situation is expected to normalise within the next couple of days.
“There is no need for panic-buying, rest assured that the NNPC has over two billion litres of premium motor spirit (petrol) in stock to guarantee steady supply and at least 60-day-product supply sufficiency to the entire country,” he said.
Majority of the petrol stations in Abuja were shut down, while long queues were witnessed at the few ones still dispensing the commodity. The fuel crisis continued Tuesday, as motorists spent hours trying to get the commodity.