In a bid to ensure the total eradication of queues from fuel stations, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has ordered the deployment of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC staff to filling stations across the country for effective monitoring of the distribution system.
This was contained in a press release issued by Mr. Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC.
He said the minister spoke at an emergency meeting with senior staff of the corporation held at the NNPC towers yesterday. Dr. Kachikwu said though there were a number of challenges in the supply and distribution system that hampered efficient distribution of products across the country, it was time for NNPC to rise above the challenges by ensuring that the special intervention supplies are not diverted or hoarded.
“This calls for effective monitoring of the supply system, especially at the end points, to ascertain that what is trucked out from the depots is delivered at the designated fuel stations and dispensed to the public in the most efficient manner. We need you to be out there to help achieve this; we can’t be at ease while Nigerians are going through so much pain to get fuel,” Dr. Kachikwu stated.
He challenged staff to volunteer for the monitoring exercise, adding that standing up to provide creative solutions to challenges, is what the new NNPC is all about.
The minister urged the staff to work towards achieving zero-queues at their respective stations as soon as possible, adding that they should be ready to sacrifice their Christmas break if need be.
Also speaking at the emergency meeting, the Group Executive Director, Commercial & Investment, Dr. Victor Adeniran, called on staff on monitoring duties to work closely with the Rapid Response Team by reporting any situation that needed urgent intervention such as low stock, delayed arrival of trucks or any underhand dealing.
Explaining further, Dr. Adeniran said the Rapid Response Team is made up of PPMC staff and representatives of law enforcement agencies that could adequately handle any challenge, adding that so far, about 200 trucks of the special intervention stock have arrived Abuja.
He called on the staff deployed for monitoring duties to be vigilant and ensure that all the fuel designated for their respective stations is delivered and dispensed to members of the public in a most efficient manner.
Meanwhile, in continuation of the special intervention fuel supply for the Yuletide season, another 567 trucks were dispatched nationwide yesterday to beef up existing supplies.