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Toxic fuel: NNPC accepts blame



...FG begins clean petrol distribution
…Long queues persist in Niger, Kaduna, Ondo

GROUP Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has admitted the corporation’s wrongdoing over the importation of toxic fuel, which caused the current scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), across major cities in the country.

  Kyari stated this while apologising to Nigerians during his appearance before members of House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream investigating the importation of adulterated fuel, yesterday.

  According to him, the loading terminal where the fuel was brought into the country has been supplying gasoline for a very long time.

  “We regret this situation. It is completely unavoidable, we didn’t see it coming. We apologise to Nigerians. We didn’t see this coming,” he said.

  Kyari, therefore, assured that NNPC Limited was doing everything possible to ensure that fuel supply across the country is normalised.

  Similarly, as long queues that resurfaced in petrol stations in some states following reports of adulterated fuel last week snarled into more states, yesterday, federal government said it was set for distribution of clean Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) all over the federation.

  A statement issued by Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd stated that over one billion litres of clean  petrol was already in its stock for nationwide distribution.

  NNPC also said more three billion litres would arrive in Nigeria between now and the end of the month.

  “NNPC Ltd wishes to reassure Nigerians that it has put adequate measures in place to accelerate the nationwide distribution of PMS earlier disrupted by the quarantine of methanol-blended petrol. As of today, NNPC has over one (1) billion litres of certified PMS stock that is safe for use in vehicles and machinery.

As part of NNPC’s strategic restocking, more 2.7 billion litres of PMS is also scheduled for delivery between now and the end of February 2022, which will restore sufficiency level above the national target of 30 days. The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Depot Owners & Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria and the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria have also commenced 24-hour loading and dispensing activities in some of their designated outlets. Furthermore, NNPC’s monitoring team is collaborating with the Authority (NMDPRA) and other security agencies to ensure smooth distribution of PMS nationwide,” the statement said.

  It will be recalled that the petrol supply chain was disrupted last week when Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) announced that it discovered methanol quantities above Nigeria’s specifications.

Meanwhile, federal government has warned people against storage of petrol in homes during this period of scarcity.

  Acting Comptroller General of Federal Fire Service, Dr. Karebo Pere Samson, gave the warning in a statement released by his office in Abuja, yesterday.

  According to Samson, petrol is a highly inflammable liquid which if not handled carefully, can cause serious fire explosions.

  Similarly, long queues in petrol filling stations in Niger, Kaduna, Ondo crippled commercial activities in three states as motorists struggled and fought to buy the commodity.

  People were also seen walking several distances in the areas worse hit by the resurgent fuel scarcity in the affected places.

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