In a bid to rein in fuel scarcity in the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC, have decided to increase the supply of petrol with 1,300 truckloads daily.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday while monitoring some filling stations in Abuja, the Managing Director, Petroleum Products Marking Company (PPMC), Umaru Ajiya said that NNPC is taking delivery of a minimum of one shipload of fuel on a daily basis, saying that the supply would be sustained till the end of the year.
He stated that each of the vessels is full of over 50 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol)-a supply which is exceedingly greater than 35 million litres that is needed daily.
He said, “We have a robust supply plan; every blessed day, we have a minimum of one ship arriving Nigeria. On Wednesday, we received two ships; tomorrow, we will receive a ship; after that, we have two ships coming in. That is the trajectory going forward, until the end of the year. One ship is an average of 50 million liters and the average consumption in Nigeria is about 35 million liters.”
“In addition to that, we have massively increased our truck out. We cover 1,300 trucks a day. As you can see them arriving in several stations that we visited,” he said.
According to him, all the relevant agencies such as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), security agencies and others are working in collaboration with a view to reining in the lingering fuel scarcity across the country, adding that any filling station or depot found hoarding petroleum products would have its products sold to Nigerians free of charge.