The Director, Department of Petroleum Resources [DPR] , Mr Mordecai Ladan has commended the load out history of NIPCO plc since the resurgence of petrol scarcity across the country which has manifested in increased trucking of the product across the nooks and crannies of the country .
The DPR who disclosed this in an unscheduled visit to NIPCO terminal at Apapa in Lagos said he is impressed with the load out and the assurances by the company’s management on hitch free product loading as supplies from Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] improves significantly.
Mr Mordecai who was received by the company’s Chief Operating Officer [COO] ,Mr Suresh Kumar in company of the Chief Corporate Affairs Manager [CCAM], Lawal Taofeek said the team was on tour of depots to ascertain the availability of stocks in the depots.
According to him, the current product scarcity would ease and that stakeholders would heave a sigh of relief very soon stressing that since NNPC has addressed the supply side of the problem and with the corresponding support of depot operators, there is high hope of normalcy in products availability at the stations.
According to him, with supply being addressed the next line of action is to ensure that marketers don’t exploit motorist by selling above the approved product pump price of N145 per litre.
Earlier, NIPCO CCAM, Lawal Taofeek had informed the visiting DPR team that the company has a total stock of 17,000 MT which is approximately 23 million liters courtesy NNPC supply via Apapa jetty last Wednesday. He informed that since the scarcity resurfaced, NNPC has being fair to the company through consistent supply to enable uninterrupted supply to filling stations across the country stressing that this has led to massive trucking of petrol.
Mr Lawal also appreciated the support of NNPC and its subsidiary, Nigeria Petroleum Marketing Company [NPMC] who aside from the new consignment of 17,000 MT which the company received, has given assurances of another supply within the next three days adding that this would definately gladden the heart of marketers across the nation.
Responding to the fears of DPR team on the adherence to N145 per liter at stations, Lawal informed that long before the scarcity NIPCO had put a monitoring team in place to pay unscheduled visits to its stations to ensure compliance to approved selling rate for petrol.
The CCAM informed that members of the media are in alliance with the company giving useful information on any awful practices they come across in any of our stations stressing that with all modesty none of NIPCO stations have being involved in any sharp practices.