Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,NNPC, has reiterated that the persistent queues at the various filling stations across the country will soon be over, following the emergency response measures now adopted by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.
A statement from NNPC disclosed that the corporation’s order engaged a workforce of over 1000 personnel across departments at depots, refineries roads, and 24/hr vigil at stations to clean queues under the Minister’s Emergency Response Programme.
“We are working long term solutions at feverish pace. The Minister continues to display an unparalleled capacity for creativity and solution driving. We apologise to Nigerians for the inconveniences. We are working to avoid repeats of this stress.”
The statement explained that constant vandalism which has compromised the flow of oil to various depots has made the Corporation to resort to moving 2000 trucks across the country daily to cover logistic gap.
They, however, stated that the Southern part of the country has been largely covered and most parts of the North largely sorted out. Although there is still noticeable scarcity of products in some filling stations within the Federal Capital Territory, however, NNPC argues that Abuja queues are already disappearing.
“We have filled the gap and provided for once in five years a 30 day buffer arrangement to help out the situation; obviously response indicates that normalcy is returning. For instance, the current situation shows that queues in Lagos have disappeared.”
NNPC alleged that insufficiency of imports due to gaps from expected but undelivered volumes from major oil marketers caused the shortage.
The Corporation stated that there are no imports from Majors in a long time because of fiscal challenges.
Also, NNPC clarified that normally the Corporation is expected to supply 50 percent of the nation’s demand but has carried the burden of 100 percent since November 2015.
On the state of the refineries, it explained that flow has commenced but pipeline vandalism has not allowed crude supply.
“We have recovered Port Harcourt line and now the refinery is working. We have unfortunately supply by vessel to Warri refinery have commenced production. We will continue to battle recovery of Escravos pipeline and hopefully soon we will activate Kaduna Refinery Company KRPC.

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