Fuel scarcity: NNPC, IPMAN allay fears of Nigerians

ABUJA, Nigeria.. The Managing Director of Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Alhaji Isyaku Abdullahi has assured Nigerians that efforts are ongoing to address fuel scarcity in some parts of Northern Nigeria occasioned by flooding at the Lokoja axis of products distribution route.

Alhaji Isyaku who gave the assurance in Abuja today while speaking with newsmen said the NNPC Limited and Independent marketers were working round the clock to address the scarcity, assuring that there were enough products in stock in the country.

His words: “NNPC limited in collaboration with IPMAN are making effort to ensure adequate supply and distribution of products to affected states and I can assure Nigerians that very soon the scarcity will be over as there is enough fuel in stock.”

He said following the flooding, most of the major roads being used by the marketers had gone bad as most truck drivers spend between eight and nine days especially on Koton Karfe road before reaching their destination.

He noted that some of affected roads include Bida – lemu- zungeru road, Minna-Tagina( 6km from Minna Makonkele) and Tegina-Mokwa road as well as Mokwa- Makera to Minna (Bakane)

Lambata-Lapai-Agaie-Bida Roads.

He explained that the NNPC had also mobilized the Federal Road Safety Corps personnel to assist in clearing the affected roads for smooth transportation of the commodity to northern parts of the country.

In addition, he said the NNPC had directed the CCC Chinese company which is working on the affected roads to relocate to the damaged potions of the roads.

Meanwhile, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has called on Nigerians to exercise patience as efforts are ongoing to deal with product scarcity scarcity in some parts of Northern states.

The IPMAN Chairman, Northern Nigeria branch, Alhaji Bashir Danmalam made the call in a press statement issued to newsmen on Saturday.

The IPMAN Chairman disclosed that about 200 trucks loaded with the commodity from Calabar are being expected in Abuja and other parts of Northern states for onward distribution to filling stations.

He said the trucks are expected to come through Ikom, Ogoja, Katsina Ala, Vandeikia up to Lafiya to Abuja.

Danmalam commended the Managing Director of Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), Alhaji Isyaku Abdullahi for pledging to support marketers with diesel in order to reduce the hardship being experienced as a result of the high cost of the product.

He confirmed that NNPC limited was working with IPMAN to ensure adequate supply and distribution of the product adding that very soon the scarcity will be over.

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