While the National Assembly is impressed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation plans to make fuel available, it appeals to federal government to pay up subsidies to marketers to avert strike
The Nigerian National Assembly has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on the strategies deployed so far to make petroleum products available to Nigerians throughout the end of year festivities and beyond.
Joseph Akinlaja, the chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), gave the commendation during an oversight visit to NNPC Towers on Tuesday, December 4.
The lawmaker expressed confidence that the elaborate measures put in place by the corporation to avert fuel supply shortage would be successful this year going by the painstaking efforts that went into the planning and execution of the zero-fuel scarcity strategy.
“We are impressed by the presentation and we are sure there will be no war room here again because of products scarcity, you have done very well and I’m happy that Nigerians are going to travel effortlessly at this period of the year,” Akinlaja enthused.
On the threat by major, independent petroleum products marketers to ground the sector due to unpaid subsidy arrears, the committee chairman appealed to the federal government to do everything within its powers to pay up the arrears to forestall any crisis.
Speaking further on the need to support the NNPC to sustain petroleum products supply, Akinlaja said the corporation was overburdened and “because of that, when it runs into hiccups, somebody will say their operations are opaque. Let’s avoid fuel scarcity by supporting NNPC.”
The committee also expressed satisfaction with the improvement on the integrity of the pipelines and urged NNPC to expedite action on the remaining ones, especially those linking the Ore Depot from Benin City and to the Ibadan Depot.
In his presentation to the committee, Maikanti Baru, the group managing director of NNPC, reassured Nigerians of the corporation’s preparedness to ensure zero-scarcity of petroleum products during the upcoming festive season and beyond.
The GMD who was represented by Henry Ikem Obih, the NNPC chief operating officer, Downstream, lauded the committee for its support during the last fuel supply hiccups that occurred in the country from November 2017 to the early part of this year.
He disclosed that adequate measures have been deployed to avert any form of supply challenge, stressing that even if the NNPC were to stop importing fuel as from today, there was enough stock of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, in the country to last for 45 days.
On his part, Umar Ajiya, the managing director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited, PPMC, disclosed that the company has returned to profitability with a trading surplus of N32bn between January and November 2018.
The other downstream subsidiaries that made presentations were NNPC Retail Limited, Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company, NPSC, and NNPC Shipping.
One of the downstream subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company limited, PPMC, has returned to profitability and has recorded N32bn profit between January to November, 2018.
The PPMC boss also stated that as part of the zero-scarcity strategy, the company has over 170 million litres of PMS in stock at some NNPC Depots across the country following their successful rehabilitation along with connecting pipelines to forestall dependence on private sector depots.
– Dec. 5, 2018 @ 16:29 GMT |