Thursday, 26 November 2015

NNPC Engage DSS, EFCC To Stop Fuel Hoarding

Following the continuous fuel scarity in Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has engaged the Department of State Security Services and the Economic and the Financial Crimes Commission to stop the hoarding and diversion of petroleum products.

According to NNPC’s group general manager, group public affairs division, Ohi Alegbe, who made this known, he said the arrangement between the corporation, EFCC and DSS was to assist in the monitoring of nationwide fuel truck-out to retail outlets and to stop hoarding by unscrupulous marketers.

“Any marketer found wanting in the sale of petroleum products, including the NNPC retail outlets, would be sanctioned appropriately.

“There will be no sacred cows as the corporation is working round the clock by supplying sufficient petroleum products to marketers to ensure that Nigerians enjoyed a yuletide season without pain.

“We must all make sure that petroleum products get across to Nigerians at the regulated price, especially as the yuletide season approaches.

“We have enough products and we want to plead with the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) not to be involved in the diversion of petroleum products in order to avoid causing untold hardship to motorists.”

“The DSS and EFCC will arrest any marketer involved in sabotaging government’s effort in making petrol available to Nigerians. We have invited the EFCC and DSS to join us in this campaign of monitoring the movement of petroleum products and they have our mandate to sanction any errant marketer, enough is enough.”

NNPC said it is doing everything possible to normalise fuel supply and distribution situation in the country and apologised to commuters, motorists and the general public for the hardship faced in accessing petrol across the country.

Report has it that members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) are bracing up for a nationwide showdown over the inability of the government to solve the recurring fuel shortage bedeviling the nation.

Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe had urged the Senate to summon President Muhammadu Buhari to come and explain the reasons for the lingering scarcity in the country.