The Petroleum Products and Marketing Company, PPMC has reassured Nigerians that the fuel scarcity is about to strategically come to an end in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and other cities in the country, noting that seven cargoes of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, arrived the country for onward distribution to various parts of the country.
The Executive Director, Supply and Distribution, PPMC, Mr Justin Ezeale, who disclosed this at a meeting with major oil marketers in Lagos yesterday, said the government was aware of the problems arising from distribution of fuel in the country, hence its decision to employ proactive measures on the issue.
Stressing that the Federal Government has embarked on massive importation of fuel in order to end the lingering fuel scarcity, he disclosed that seven cargoes of fuel has arrived the country for distribution to major cities like Lagos, Abuja, and others.
“We have taking into cognizance that the country consumes 40 milliion litres of fuel daily, and we would ensure that fuel supply goes round the country,” he said, stressing that while Abuja has gotten its own supplies, 294 trucks of fuel was distributed in Lagos on Tuesday, while another 336 trucks of fuel would be supply Wednesday.
“PPMC meets with major marketers and representatives of the Federal Government every day since the fuel crisis started few weeks ago. The government is feeling the pains going through by Nigerians, hence the decision to meet regularly with stakeholders in the value chain in order to strategies on the issue of ending the fuel problems,’’ he said.
He went on to state that the government was engaging the services of members of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, to monitor the supply of fuel from depots to the filing stations, stressing that the decision was borne out of the need to stop diversion of petroleum products in Nigeria.
Ezeale said the police had been helpful in this regard, stressing that members of the Civil Defence Corps were drafted into the issue to compliment the efforts of the police.