The Kaduna Refining and Petroleum Company has started daily production of 3.2 million litres of petrol, a vloume authorities hope will end queues at fuel service stations across Nigeria.
A statement by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) confirmed that the plant, which commenced production over the weekend with an initial Premium Motor Spirit yield of about 1.5 million litres, has ramped up its daily yield to 3.2 million litres.
“The injection of this volume into the system will significantly impact ongoing special intervention efforts designed to bring relief to motorists across the country,” the Corporation stated.
The NNPC also said that less than 48 hours after the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, ordered staff of the NNPC to intervene in the monitoring of fuel distribution and retail system at service stations across Nigeria, the initiative has started yielding positive results in Abuja and environs.
Dr. Kachikwu had assured Nigerians that there was sufficient petrol and again appealed to motorists to desist from panic purchases.
He also warned that unscrupulous marketers, who either hoard or divert products, would henceforth be treated as economic saboteurs.
Shortly after visiting some retail outlets within Abuja’s Central Area, the Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment of the NNPC, Dr. Babatunde Victor Adeniran, told reporters that so far, the exercise had recorded some success.
“Our staff are putting in all their best to ensure that orderliness is restored in most of the filling stations. They are also there to ensure that nobody creates a situation that will hamper the discharge of products to ordinary Nigerians. So far, they are doing well in this regard,”Dr. Adeniran stated.
“Spirit Of Orderliness”
He explained that the exercise was a hands-on approach designed to ensure that Nigerians do not suffer unnecessarily at the hands of unscrupulous marketers.
“The situation would be improved upon,” he said, urging security agencies to further complement the efforts of NNPC at service stations.
“At one of the filling stations in Asokoro today, the police came to assist us to clear out some motorists trying to jump the queue. That is most commendable,” he said.
Dr. Adeniran further urged Nigerians to cooperate with the NNPC and ensure the success of the initiative by being law-abiding and orderly to avoid chaotic situations at the service stations.
“I hope Nigerians can have the spirit of orderliness, the spirit of cohesion and the spirit of responsibility in order to help this process,” he observed.
It is two days to Christmas and queues are still seen at different service stations in some Nigerian States.
The Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) had on Monday assured Nigerians that petrol queues across the nation would have ceased before Christmas.
The Managing Director of the PPMC, Esther Nnamdi-Ogbe, gave the assurance while listing efforts the company had made to ensure that the scarcity of petrol would end in the next few days.