- FG has promised Nigerians that there won't be fuel scarcity during the yuletide period
- The GMD of NNPC, Mele Kyari, said the festive period would be enjoyed by Nigerians without any hitch
- Fashola, minister of works and housing, said his ministry would play a supporting role to ensure hitch-free movement on the roads during the festive period
Ahead of the incoming Christmas and the New Year celebrations, the federal government has assured Nigerians that there would be no scarcity of petroleum products during the yuletide.
Channels TV reports that the assurance was given by top federal government officials during a meeting in Abuja with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.
Legit.ng gathered that the meeting, which was held at the Presidential Villa, was chaired by the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari.
The group managing director of the NNPC, the minister of works and housing, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and others, after the meeting, reeled out all the plans in place to ensure a yuletide with no scarcity of petroleum products.
“We are here today to take stock of our readiness for the festive period, particularly in terms of supplies and distribution of petroleum products across the country, so that this festive period will be enjoyed by Nigerians without any hitch, particularly during the Christmas and New Year.
“We are assuring Nigerians that the NNPC has made arrangement to make an adequate supply of petroleum products. If there are any issue, we have come together with other agencies of government to ensure those issues are resolved to ensure Nigerians have a very merry Christmas this year,” NNPC GMD Kyari said.
It was also learnt that during the meeting, security plans and palliatives by the Ministry of Works and Housing to ensure safe journeys were discussed.
Speaking on the palliatives for roads, the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the ministry has a supporting role to play.
He said: "While construction work is ongoing on some of the routes used for moving cargo, we have met with our contractors and directed them to provide some palliatives to ease the movement of trucks and tankers.
“Some of these routes include Benin-Auchi-Okene; Warri-Sapele-Benin; Ilorin-Jebba Road; and Calabar-Itu road. This is essentially to say we are giving everybody the support we can to ease the problem of moving fuel during the period.”
On the security plans for the season, the IGP, Muhammed Adamu, said adequate personnel would be deployed to beef up security during and after the season.
He said: “December is a festive period, a period when Nigerians in the diaspora will be coming to their homeland with their families. It is expected that every Nigerian is provided with adequate security for his life and property.
“We have increased the labour of security and dedicated some officers to make sure that products are moved freely without any attempt to divert products from where that are supposed to go.”
Other stakeholders present at the meeting were the national association of road transport owners and the petroleum tanker drivers branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria hailed the termination of fuel supply to petrol stations in the border areas.
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