The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has pleaded with Nigerians to exercise patience, as it is working non-stop to provide relief and make sure that the embarrassing fuel crisis presently going on in the country ends within the next two weeks.
A statement at the weekend by Mr. Garba Deen Mohammed, Group General Manager Public Affairs of the NNPC, said:
“The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) wishes to empathise with the difficulties Nigerians are presently going through due to the current fuel situation and assures that the government and NNPC are not taking their patience for granted.”
“As at 1600hrs of today (Saturday) , one (1) Premium Motor Spirit, PMS cargo containing 42 million litres has completely discharged, two more PMS cargoes with a combined ‘Remaining on Board’ (ROB) of 44 million litres are currently discharging while another PMS cargo containing 44 million litres is berthed and awaiting discharge”.
The NNPC disclosed that it has enough products lined up to ensure that the supply gap which created the problem is bridged, adding that in order to ensure effective distribution, it is working with Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), oil majors and over 1,000 NNPC staff, nationwide to ensure it overcomes the obstacles in the distribution of the products.
The group further blamed the immediate past government led by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for the current problems in the oil sector saying:
While not resorting to excuses we would like to emphasise that this present management of NNPC and indeed the government inherited huge and complicated problems with respect to importation, distribution and pricing of petroleum products. Nigerians would recall that the sum of N522,258,934,505 meant for payment of fuel subsidy, covering the last quarter of 2014 (October to December) and the entire 2015 was approved by the Senate in December 2015 in order to pay for subsidy arrears inherited by this government.
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While NNPC said it is working towards providing a long term solution to the issue of fuel crisis by working together with the Government to put in place machineries to ensure that the refineries are fixed and working optimally, and the pipelines which have been under attack for some time now are repaired, it is however its immediate concern to make petrol available through the interventions and processes put in place so that the queues will disappear within the next one to two weeks.
According to the Corporation, the Direct Sale Direct Purchase (DSDP) arrangement for crude would begin in the first week of April in addition to the fact that the President has given his support to increase the crude supply to NNPC to ensure that local sufficiency of products would go a long way to solve the problems in the short and long term.
Kachikwu had earlier last week announced that Nigerians may continue to suffer the fuel crisis till May, but this recent ray of hope is very much welcomed. We all look forward to purchasing PMS without having to cue up.