The national oil company is trying to bridge the supply gap that has led to a fuel shortage. | By Yinka Ojo

In its bid to bridge the supply gap which has engendered long queues at petrol stations across the country, the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission has announced that it has released additional four million litres of petrol to marketers to ease current fuel scarcity in parts of the country. The additional supply was sourced from the Kaduna refinery.

A statement signed by NNPC spokesman, Fidel Pepple, said that the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Andrew Yakubu announced this at a meeting with the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream.

Yakubu said that the NNPC had also supplied products to some private depots in Lagos to bridge supply gap following the vandalism of System 2B Pipeline at Arepo in Ogun which carries one third of the nation’s fuel daily needs.

“In order to alleviate the hardship being inflicted on Nigerians by the product thieves, the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company is supplying additional four million litres of fuel to bridge the gap and ease the hiccup.

“With the on-going efforts, we are optimistic that the queues will fizzle out,” the GMD said.

He also told the committee that some of the NNPC trucks conveying fuel to the north were trapped in Lokoja due to flood.

Yakubu decried the activities of pipeline vandals and said three NNPC staff were still missing while others were receiving treatment from injuries sustained while trying to repair the ruptured pipeline.

The GMD assured that the issue of the missing personnel was unlikely to cause any strike by the in-house unions.

The statement quoted the Chairman of the committee, Mr Magnus Abe as assuring the NNPC of its support in rescuing the missing officers.

He said the committee would continue to work with relevant stakeholders to resolve the fuel crises.

Yinka Ojo

Yinka has taught at various levels of education. He has published a textbook on effective teaching practice and several academic papers in reputable journals. He is currently an education consultant. He loves writing, poetry, music and is presently working on a musical album billed to be released into the market soon. 

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