By Edith Ike-Eboh
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it would ensure adequate petroleum products availability in all parts of the Country in spite of various challenges in the downstream petroleum sector.
In a statement signed by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, on Tuesday in Abuja, it said that the corporation would leave no stone unturned to achieve it.
The statement noted that the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, gave the assurance at the end of the 24th, 25th and 26th Annual General Meeting of its downstream subsidiaries, the Nigerian Products Marketing Company (NPMC) and the Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC).
.He said the two companies had fared well given the circumstances in which they found themselves amidst upheavals in products pricing and the intrigues among players in the industry.
He added that the two companies had ensured an unimpeded petroleum products supply into the market.
“The NPMC and NPSC are the sole vehicles through which the NNPC is currently satisfying its obligation of being the supplier of last resort to the nation.
“ We have ensured that we sustain the steady supply of petroleum products across the country and we are doing this onerous task with integrity,’’ he said.
Baru said the splitting of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Limited (PPMC) into NPMC and NPSC was to commercialize the operations of the company for the better.
He stated that the Federal Government and the NNPC had put in place strategies to engage members of various host communities to stem incidences of pipeline infractions, adding that the efforts were yielding positive results.
The Companies’ External Auditors, Messrs PricewaterHouseCoopers and others, gave the NNPC subsidiary companies a clean bill of health, stressing that their financial statement and operations complied with international best practices.
It would be recalled that the recent strategic intervention of NNPC led to a 42 per cent fall in the price of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) popularly called diesel and has continued to sustain the downward trend across the country.
The Corporation has also taken steps to resuscitate some of its critical pipelines and depots such as the Atlas Cove – Mosimi Depot Pipeline, Port Harcourt Refinery – Aba Depot Pipeline, Kaduna – Kano Pipeline and the Kano Depot which had enhanced efficiency in the distribution of AGO.
NNPC maintained that efforts were ongoing to revamp and re-commission other critical pipelines and depots across the country.
Another area of intervention that has enhanced supply and distribution of diesel is the Corporation’s robust engagement with critical downstream stakeholders such as Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO).
Others include Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) as well as Independent Petroleum Marketers, leading to the resolution of salient issues. (NAN)