• Begin Operation `One Cargo per Day’

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has stepped up collaboration with the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and other downstream industry players to end the resurgence of fuel queues in some major cities across the country especially in Lagos and its environs.

The NNPC, in a statement yesterday, stated that it had secured the commitment of the leadership of MOMAN for effective collaboration in this regard and promised that the queues would disappear in the days ahead as supplies are ramped up across the country.

The corporation noted that to achieve this, truck-out to filling stations in the Lagos area had been increased from the regular 245 to 295 trucks per day (9.7 million) while truck-out to fuel stations in Abuja from Suleja depot had been stepped up to 210 trucks per day (6.9million litres) from the regular supply of 160 trucks per day.

The NNPC explained that similar increment in supply volume had been activated in the Port Harcourt, Calabar, Kano and Kaduna areas to ensure seamless availability of petroleum products across every nook and cranny of the country.

While appealing for understanding and support from members of the public, the corporation promised that it was doing everything possible to end the prevailing challenges experienced by motorists, commuters and the public in accessing petrol.

“Within the last 48 hours, we have received six cargoes of petrol (270 million litres) and beginning from March 1, 2016, we shall begin to receive one cargo of petrol every day (45 million litres),’’ it stated.

The NNPC also announced that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, had directed the full activation of an Intra-Ministerial Joint Monitoring Task Force made up of officials of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), and the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), to ensure and enforce compliance to laid down rules and regulations governing the supply and distribution of petroleum products.