… As NNPC GMD assures normalcy by month end 

Abiodun OBA

 

Members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) are to extend the operations of their jetties, depots, and filling stations to between 18 to 24 hours daily until queues subside across the country.

In a statement on Wednesday, in Lagos, MOMAN’s Chairman, Mr Olumide Adeosun, said members of the association were working with the regulatory authorities and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. towards a resolution of the current fuel crisis.

According to him, “Most importantly, MOMAN members have committed resources towards enhanced operations and associated activities to reduce the burden of the current fuel scarcity to our customers.

“Towards this purpose, MOMAN members shall extend opening hours of jetties, depots, and filling stations to a minimum of 18 hours a day and where possible up to 24 hours a day in high density and flagship locations where the security situation permits.

“MOMAN members shall operate these extended hours until the excessive queues subside.”
He urged customers not to engage in panic buying as it might take a few days for normalcy to return, as the act also increases the pressure on the supply chain.

Adeosun noted that MOMAN subject matter experts were active contributors to the technical and commercial committees set up by the regulatory authorities.

According to him, the committees are saddled with re-stocking fuel supplies, resolving the blending of contaminated product and identifying losses suffered by customers, operators and third parties.

He said MOMAN’s committee of chemists were also working with designated laboratories to double-check the quality of product (re-blended or new) before they are released into the fuels supply chain.

Meanwhile, the Group Managing Director, GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Mr. Mele Kyari has assured that distribution of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, otherwise called petrol will normalize in the weeks ahead.

The GMD also said that before the end of the month, about 2.1 billion liters of the product would have been injected into the system.

Kyari gave the assurance at a meeting with an Ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives investigating the circumstances surrounding the importation of the adulterated fuel into the country.

It will be recalled that the unhealthy development has caused untold scarcity of the product with Nigerians literally queuing and sleeping at petrol stations

“2.1bn litters by the end of this month. We have enough supply. We will normalize distribution.

“I am assuring more supply plan. We will contain this development”, he said.

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