In its efforts to ensure steady and sufficient petroleum products supply across the country, the Pipelines Products Marketing Company (PPMC) has indicated its readiness to resume effective pumping of products to the Ibadan, Ilorin and Ore depots as soon as the on-going test-run exercise was completed.
According to a reliable source in the subsidiary of the giant Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), the delays in resuming the supply to the affected depots is to ensure that no part of the pipeline network is leaking, adding that the company has commenced the pumping of products to Ejigbo and Mosimi through the System 2B pipeline, which was vandalised in August at Arepo, Ogun.
“We are assuring Nigerians that we are making frantic efforts to ensure steady supply of petroleum products across the country so that motorists can drive into any filling station and buy fuel without queuing up, especially during this period of the year that comes with a lot of holidays and festivities,” he said.
According to him, the company has increased the number of allocations and truck loadings to all the geo-political zones of the country, a measure she said would be sustained till the first quarter of next year.
“Our strategy is to make sure that there are adequate supplies to all the filling stations so that for those who are travelling and those who will return back to the cities after the festive period will not queue to buy fuel in any filling station. But for us to achieve this, we need the collaboration of all, from the marketers to the motorists.
“We implore all the independent marketers to desist from hoarding of the products as adequate arrangement has been made to ensure steady supplies and motorists to desist from panic-buying during the yuletide period. We have sufficient petroleum products in stock to take care of the nation’s demands,” he stated.
Meanwhile he also disclosed that security agencies have promised to deploy massive securities personnel to all petroleum pipelines across the country to curb vandalism.
“In other to curb incessant pipeline vandalism and to improve on fuel supply across the country, the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies have promised to beef up security on the NNPC/PPMC pipeline network,’’ he said.
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