Apapa jetty Fire: NNPC allays fear over fuel scarcity

Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has allayed fears over a resurgence of scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, stating that the fire incident which occurred at Apapa loading jetty at the early hours of Monday will not affect the supply of petroleum products.

The NNPC, in a statement signed by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, also stated that the Federal Government is working assiduously to ensure an amicable resolution to outstanding issues with the various labour centres in the petroleum industry.

The corporation said the fire was sparked from the activities of hoodlums who were scooping fuels spilled from ships discharging fuels at the jetty.

It added that the NNPC had already deployed a team of engineers to the jetty while the repair of the affected parts would commence immediately.

The NNPC advised motorists not to engage in panic paying, while it advised that they report any challenge they may have in the course of purchasing the commodity to the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, which is statutorily empowered to deal with such issues.

Speaking on the development, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, described the occurrence as unfortunate, assuring that NNPC has more than 1.6 billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, enough to last for 48 days.

He also said NNPC had in stock, sufficient quantity of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), also known as diesel, Dual

Purpose Kerosene (DPK), otherwise referred to as kerosene, as well as Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK) to serve the country.