Lagos - The Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) has increased petroleum products supply to private depots to ease distribution challenges in the country.
Mr Nasir Imodagbe, Manager, Public Affairs and External Relations disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
He said that the PPMC had also increased the allocation of five private depots from 100 trucks to 300 trucks daily.
The manager said that two new private depots had also been engaged to distribute 200 to 300 trucks of petrol to coastal areas such as Port Harcourt and Aba, as well as to the Northern part of the country.
"We have increased petrol supply to Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd, MRS Oil and Folawiyo Energy from 100 trucks a day to 300 trucks to ease distribution challenges.
"We also engaged new private depots to commence distribution of about 250 to 300 trucks of petrol on daily bases to the coastal areas," he said.
Imodagbe, who assured that the country had sufficient petroleum products, however, identified vandalism of the system 2B network at Arepo as the major problem inhibiting distribution of the products.
"We have sufficient products, but we are having distribution challenges in getting the products to other states and final destination.
"Another constraint facing the distribution is that it is only NNPC that is supplying petrol to the market, no marketer is importing and supplying to the market," he said.
The spokeman said: "For now, nobody can go into the vandalised pipeline area to commence repairs without adequate security and assurance.
"We have to beef up security and assured workers before anything can be done in the place.
"In the interim, we have provided adequate measures to see that petrol flood all the states without any delay," he said.