Abuja Fuel Crisis : NNPC Accuses Marketers of Product Diversion



By Ewache Ajefu/Editor
The management the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has warned petroleum products marketers against products diversion and hoarding.The corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Mr. Fidel I. Pepple, who disclosed this to journalists Wednesday explained that NNPC through the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) has enough petrol to sufficiently meet the demand in Abuja and environs and that the continued long fuel queues at filling across the city makes the warning necessary.

“Going by the quantity PMS that has been by PPMC from the Kaduna Refinery for distribution to Abuja, we supposed to have queues at all in any filling station. Monday, 71 trucks of PMS were loaded from the Refinery in Kaduna designated for Abuja, but the report we have shows that only 18 trucks arrived Abuja. Tuesday (yesterday), 45 trucks of PMS were loaded from Kaduna to Abuja, only 25 arrived.

This clearly shows that some marketers are diverting the product thereby causing unnecessary hardship to Nigerians,” explained.  said NNPC has alerted the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) about the development and that PPMC is working in conjunction with the DPR to unravel the identity of those involved in the unpatriotic act, adding that all those found to be involved will be severely sanctioned.

Mr. Pepple called motorists to avoid panic buying as there is enough stock of PMS in the country to meet demands and that NNPC was everything within powers to resolve the distribution challenge being experienced as a result of pipeline vandalism.

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