The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured Nigerians that the fire incident which occurred at Apapa loading jetty will not affect supply of petroleum products nationwide.
The Corporation said it has deployed a team of engineers to the jetty while the repair of the affected parts would commence immediately.The fire was caused by the activities of hoodlums scooping fuel spilled from ships discharging fuels at the jetty.
NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. MaikantiBaru, who has been fully briefed on the incident, described the occurrence as unfortunate, assuring that NNPC has more than 1.6billion litres of premium motor spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol, enough to last for 48 days.
Baru also said the 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.
NNPC advised motorists not to engage in panic buying, adding that they report any challenge they may have in the course of purchasing to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), which is statutorily empowered to deal with such issues.DPR has offices in all parts of the country.
Meanwhile, the government is working assiduously to arrive at an amicable resolution of outstanding issues with the industry unions.