The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday allayed fears that the country might be heading for another rounds fuel scarcity following the nationwide strike declared by Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN).
NNPC declared that the Corporation has over 2.9 billion litres of petrol in stock to guarantee seamless movement of people, goods and services across the country in the forthcoming Christmas season and beyond.
PENGASSAN announced indefinite strike on Monday following ongoing disagreement between the Federal Government and the association over the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Many Nigerians have expressed concerns that the country could be heading towards looming fuel scarcity across the nation following the strike.
However, the Corporation cautioned against panic buying, stressing that there is enough product to cater for the need of Nigerians as the country heads towards the yuletide
A statement signed by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, quoted Mallam Mele Kyari as assuring that the industrial action embarked upon by PENGASSAN would not lead to scarcity of petroleum products.
According to the statement, all fuel stations and petrol depots in the country have enough stock of products to service consumers and are open for business.
“While expressing hope that the industrial dispute would be settled amicably, Kyari assured that the Corporation has thus far emplaced a stock of over 2.9 billion litres of petrol to guarantee seamless movement of people, goods and services across the country in the forthcoming Christmas season and beyond”, NNPC GMD was quoted.
Mallam Kyari while reiterating the Corporation determination to make the 2020 end-of-year festivities a zero fuel queue period, posited that “critical stockholders in the petroleum products supply and distribution chain such as tanker drivers, depot owners and road transport owners have been mobilized to ensure hitch-free season.”