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NNPC loading depots to remain operational

NNPC loading depots to remain operational

To ensure that the Presidential directive on the lockdown of some states has adhered without concerns about the availability of petroleum products, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced measures to guarantee seamless distribution of fuel across the country.

In a statement, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, Dr. Kennie Obateru, quoted the Managing Director of Petroleum Products Marketing Company, NNPC’s downstream subsidiary, Mr Musa Lawan, as saying that PPMC workers had been mobilised to provide loading services throughout the period.

Lawan said: “If you recall, two days ago, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, stated that we have 60 days sufficiency of Premium Motor Spirit. That is very correct. As a matter of fact, we have about 2.68 billion litres of petrol in-country and in marine storage. At the prevailing daily consumption rate of 45 million litres, that translates to roughly 60 days.”

The PPMC boss called on motorists and other consumers of petroleum products not to engage in hoarding or panic buying of petrol, noting that the Corporation was ready to provide enough products across the country.

Lawan also disclosed that two more petrol laden vessels were expected to berth at the Ports by Tuesday, noting that the vessels would be discharging 250 million litres of petrol.

On the complaints of non-availability of personal protective equipment against the Coronavirus for tanker drivers by the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Lawan assured that the PPMC was engaging with the stakeholders to address the issue.

Also, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) said it has no plan of shutting down. He assured Nigerians of a continuous distribution of petroleum products by its members for commercial, industrial and domestic uses despite pandemic.

The union has also inaugurated hand sanitizer to its petroleum loading depot across the country.

Speaking during the presentation of the sanitisers to leaders of the Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD), Lagos Zone at the NUPENG’s office in Jibowu Yaba, the National President, Williams Akporeha, said: “We came to the conclusion that the nation needed our essential services in the same manner the nation requires the services of all those in the front line of the fight to curtail the spread of the virus.

“It was, therefore, unanimously resolved that all our members, on the value chain of distribution of petroleum products for commercial, industrial and domestic uses, shall continue to work.

‘’On the threat issue by the union last week to shut down if the government refused to protect their member against the Coronavirus, he said everything has been resolved.

In addition to the government’s support in protecting their members, he said the union had decided to provide hand sanitizer to its members across the country.

“We have decided to provide, within our meagre resources, hand sanitisers to all our members across the country.

“We commissioned a pharmaceutical company to produce specifically for our members across the country.

“These hand sanitisers come in 10 litres jerry cans to serve as a refill for dispensers that we are going to distribute as well with other kits such as hand gloves and masks,” he said.

The General Secretary of the union, Comrade Afolabi Olawale said the union would be sending about 1,000 of these items (sanitisers) to it members at the depot every week until the siege is over.

He said:” We have 154 petroleum loading depot across the country, but as we are talking we have 120 of these numbers in active operation.

“Besides that Petroleum Tanker Drivers have about 300 places across the country that serve as their stopover points for resting and recreation, we will be distributing these items to all these places”.

He urged all petroleum depots owners, operators, petrol station owners and industrial set-ups to provide necessary mechanisms and tool.

He also urged members of the union to strictly ensure hygiene at work, home, on the streets and with everyone they would interface within their daily activities.

He said that adherence to the safety measures would go a long way to check coronavirus spread and keep socio-economic activities of the country alive.
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