By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has warned against fuel hoarding and enjoined motorists and other consumers to report any infraction by marketers or any NNPC retail outlets to 0906 000 5621, 0906 000 5622, 0906 000 5623, 0906 000 5624 for immediate action.
In a press statement signed by its Group General Manager of PPMC, Alhaji Umar Ajiya through the Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu and made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday informed that this is because the NNPCs has deployed more of its depots and others through-put facilities to enforce the N133.28 ex-depot price of premium motor spirit, better known as petrol, to marketers directly.
According to Mr. Ughamadu, the measure became necessary to resolve the price differentials between some of its stakeholders, noting that the through-put facilities along with some of its coastal depots would go a long way in ensuring that marketers access PMS at the approved government price.
He stressed that the Corporation had adequate supply of petrol, advising against panic buying, saying the Corporation received between one and two PMS-laden ships daily and that there were days that the NNPC/PPMC took delivery of four cargoes of ship laden with petroleum products.
“As at today, I want to confirm that the NNPC/PPMC has more than 20 days sufficiency both at marine and land depots and we are still operating 24 hours at the depots and all NNPC Retail Outlets to wet the nation with PMS.
“Queues were easing out across the country going by feedbacks from the field and that most of the filling stations were selling at the approved price of N145 per litre.
“The daily truck-outs from the depots had been increased from 1,733 trucks to 2000 trucks per day, adding that efforts are on to sustain the tempo in order to flood the market with PMS” Aliyu said.
Alhaji Aliyu however called on marketers to desist from hoarding and diversion of petroleum products to neighbouring countries, stressing that the corporation was working hand-in-hand with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and other security agencies to sanction defaulters.