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Strike: Petroleum agency assures Nigerians of fuel supply

18 December 2014, 11:09

Abuja - The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has directed petroleum marketers to sell products from all pumps at their respective stations and at the approved pump price of N97 per litre.

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by PPPRA Executive Secretary, Farouk Ahmed.

Ahmed, who assured Nigerians of petroleum products availability, warned that any marketer who violated this directive risked being sanctioned.

The executive secretary said there was sufficient Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the country to guarantee uninterrupted fuel supply.

He said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other oil marketers had adequate products in stock to last the festive season and beyond.

Also read: Government meets with oil workers over strike

Ahmed gave the assurance following the panic buying among motorists which was occasioned by fears that the on-going industrial action by oil workers’ unions (PENGASSAN/NUPENG) might lead to product scarcity.

“We wish to re-assure Nigerians that there is steady supply of products and the trend shall continue as the government is in discussions with the unions to address their grievances.

"The PPPRA’s national petroleum products stocks data indicate that the country has been consistent with building the land and marine-based stocks, which today stand at over 40-day sufficiency.

"In addition, more vessel nominations are being handled by the agency to discharge products at various depots across the country,” he said.

He said that the PPPRA had consistently, within the last four years, guaranteed uninterrupted products supply.

Ahmed reassured Nigerians that the agency remained resolute in its mandate to ensure adequate products supply and distribution nationwide.



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