Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has said that it has taken a major step towards ensuring zero fuel queues throughout the country ahead of the forthcoming yuletide and beyond, with a meeting between the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, alongside the Depot and Petroleum Products Association, DAPPMA, in Abuja. This was disclosed in a statement signed by NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affair Mr. Ohi Alegbe yesterday.
The statement also urged the general public to ignore information going round, stressing that the price of petrol remains N87 per litre.
According to Mr. Alegbe,”the NNPC and the key downstream operators reached a consensus to work together to eliminate all obstacles that could hamper the free flow of petroleum products across the country.”
Addressing the downstream stakeholders, Dr. Kachikwu stated that the issue of uninterrupted supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country is of utmost importance to the present administration noting that government is willing to do everything possible to ensure that members of the public do not go through any form of hardship in accessing petroleum products particularly PMS.
On the protracted subject of outstanding payment to oil marketers, Dr. Kachikwu promised to work with other relevant Federal Government agencies to fast track the payment of the outstanding numbers, promising in the interim to arrange for a meeting with the relevant creditors (bankers) to ease off pressure on marketers and extend the credit lines.
He noted that several financing mechanism are being explored to offset the commitment to oil marketers. Hinting at the possibility of exploring the monthly payment option, Dr. Kachikwu said: ”In future we may explore some creative means to prevent backlogs.’’
Speaking on behalf of the association, Chairman of the major marketers Femi Olawore, commended the GMD for his support and pledged the readiness of the marketers to work assiduously with the Federal Government in ensuring zero fuel scarcity across the nation in the forth-coming yuletide and even beyond.
Mr. Olawore called on Dr. Kachikwu to facilitate the institution of a special committee to verify and authenticate the current national PMS consumption figure of 40 million litres per day.
Also Chief Dapo Abiodun, Chairman of DAPPMA commended the NNPC for what he termed improved services at various PPMC product loading facilities and urged the new Management of the company to sustain the tempo.

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