The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC over the weekend stepped up measures designed to eliminate the challenges experienced by members of the public in accessing petrol across the country.
The NNPC, in a release noted that the intervention mechanism which is powered by the `Operation one cargo per day’ programme has enabled the supply and distribution of petrol leading to the noticeable reduction in the length of fuel queues across the country especially in Lagos and Abuja.
Under the `One Cargo per Day’ operation which teed-off effective March 1st 2016, the Corporation takes delivery of one cargo of PMS everyday which is the equivalent of 45 million litres for onward distribution to fuel stations across the country in a labyrinth of massive motorised movement involving over 2000 fuel trucks daily.
The NNPC noted that despite the challenges which are exacerbated by: the inability of the refineries to function optimally owing to unrestrained attacks on vital crude supply lines, constant assault on the Arepo axis of the system 2B pipeline network, strikes at various agencies in Lagos, inability of major marketers to import fuel over a long time due to fiscal challenges and gaps from expected but undelivered volumes from the Majors, the Corporation is working assiduously to restore sanity to the fuel supply and distribution matrix.
‘’We have filled the gap and provided a 30 -day buffer arrangement. We once again apologize to Nigerians for the inconveniences as we work assiduously to avoids repeat of this distressing situation,’’ the Corporation said.