The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has said that it will import 100 million litres of petrol every day throughout February to curb fuel scarcity. It said the petrol would be brought in by two cargoes, each carrying 50 million litres of the product.
The NNPC, in a statement issued by Ndu Ughamadu, its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, also stated that 45 million litres of petrol were discharged from ships into jetties across the country on Wednesday.
It stated that prior to the discharge of 45 million litres, there were 324 million litres of petrol on land and 432 million litres in marine storage, making a total of 756 million litres, enough to last for 22 days at 35 million litres daily consumption rate.
It further stated that to ensure efficient distribution of the product to depots in the hinterland, the Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company, a midstream subsidiary of the NNPC, had been mandated to fix relevant pipelines to facilitate seamless pumping, in addition to the trucking arrangement that was in place.
The corporation assured motorists and other users of petrol that with the measures in place, the fuel queues being experienced in many cities would disappear.