Fuel scarcity: NNPCL releases 1.9billion litres of fuel after DSS ultimatum

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) has released 1.9 billion litres of petrol barely a day after the Department of State Services (DSS) issued 48-hour ultimatum to stakeholders in the oil and gas industry.

DSS, in a statement on Thursday by the secret service spokesman, Peter Afunanya, had given the NNPCL, oil marketers and other stakeholders a 48-hour ultimatum to make Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) known as petrol, available for Nigerians.

Reacting to the ultimatum, the NNPCL Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, later announced the determination of the company to release the 1.9billion litres of fuel.

Kyari, who was represented by the NNPC Chief Financial Officer, Umar Ajiya, assured Nigerians of the availability of PMS.

He said “We have also directed operation team to engage in 24hours loading of PMS in the next couple of days and make sure some outlets operate 24hours without compromising security in order to bring quick relief to the people”.

Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Farouk Ahmed, promised to collaborate with the NNPC and all stakeholders in order to make sure issues regarding supply of petroleum products are well addressed and to ensure smooth access.

Similarly, major stakeholders in the sector, the Depots and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN), Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) reiterated their commitment to end the scarcity.