Federal government has approved the payment of the outstanding amount owed oil marketers to enable free-flow of petroleum products to every part of the country.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which made this known in a statement yesterday, noted that the initiative was to ensure zero fuel queues at various stations across the country.
The statement signed by the corporation’s group general manager, Group Public Affairs, Ohi Alegbe, explained that the move had been bolstered with the approval by the federal government for the immediate payment of N413 billion to oil marketers as outstanding payment for subsidy claims.
He added that NNPC stepped up measures to eliminate the noticeable fuel queues in some petrol stations across some major cities in the country, with the injection of additional volumes of premium motor spirit (PMS) to enrich product availability in the affected areas.
According to him, “In line with its drive to ensure zero fuel queues ahead of the forthcoming yuletide and beyond, the corporation is working assiduously with its downstream subsidiary company, the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, and other downstream players to consolidate the prevailing stability in the supply and distribution of fuel nationwide.
“Apart from increasing the volume of products distributed to stations across the country, inspection team from the PPMC have been commissioned to go round our operational areas to ensure compliance with laid down rules regarding loading and product evacuation across board to eliminate hoarding and other vices detrimental to the free flow of products.
“It is our belief that with the outstanding payment due to Oil Marketers now assured, the marketers and other downstream players will join hands with the NNPC to guarantee that the nation remains wet with petroleum products all year round.”

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