The National Assembly has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on the strategies deployed so far to make petroleum products available throughout the end of year festivities and beyond.
The Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Mr Joseph Akinlaja, gave the commendation during an oversight visit to NNPC Towers in Abuja.
The lawmaker expressed confidence that the elaborate measures put in place by the corporation to avert fuel supply shortage would be successful this year going by the painstaking efforts that went into the planning and execution of the zero-fuel scarcity strategy.
The Committee also expressed satisfaction with the improvement on the integrity of the pipelines and urged the NNPC to expedite action on the remaining ones, especially those linking the Ore Depot from Benin City and to the Ibadan Depot.
On the threat by major, independent petroleum products marketers to ground the sector due to unpaid subsidy arrears, the Committee Chairman appealed to the Federal Government to do everything within its powers to pay up the arrears to forestall any crisis.
In his presentation to the Committee, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, reassured Nigerians of the corporation’s preparedness to ensure zero-scarcity of petroleum products during the upcoming festive season and beyond.