Stakeholders move to ensure fuel during Christmas
Stakeholders in the downstream sector of the Petroleum industry have said necessary measures have been put in place to ensure zero fuel queues during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The meeting which was chaired by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, was to a Presidential directive to ensure seamless supply and distribution of petroleum products across the nation.
Speaking at the end of the meeting, Kyari assured stakeholders and the general public that the Federal Government had no plans to increase the pump price of fuel or tamper with the prevailing price of the product, a statement by NNPC Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Samson Makoji, said.
The GMD assured that based on the level of collaboration amongst stakeholders in the downstream sector, the yuletide season and beyond would be devoid of any form of products scarcity.
The NNPC boss stated that necessary measures had been emplaced to tackle all likely or foreseeable challenges that could hamper free flow of fuel-bearing trucks and vessels within the period and beyond.
Some of the steps agreed by stakeholders in the parley included: clear timeline for loading; stamping and dispatch of fuel tankers at all petroleum products depots nationwide; clear documentation process and procedures for all fuel tankers among other steps.
Also speaking, Chairman, Petroleum Tanker Drivers arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Salimon Oladiti, assured that members of the union would work round the clock with other stakeholders to ensure seamless distribution and supply of petroleum products across the country.
On his part, President, National Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, Dr. Kazzim Bataiya, pledged the readiness of his members to work with NNPC and stakeholders alike, saying NARTO was ready to supply enough loading trucks to convey products from all loading depots.