- NNPC has advised security agencies to allow tanker drivers to operate during the lockdown
- President Buhari had ordered lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT to prevent the spread of coronavirus
- The corporation said the exemption granted by President Buhari to certain categories of essential workers covers the operations of petroleum products tanker drivers
Following the lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos, Ogun states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has appealed to law enforcement agencies across the country to allow free movement of petroleum products by tanker drivers during the period.
Channels TV reports that the group in a statement signed on Tuesday, March 31, said the exemption granted by President Buhari to certain categories of essential workers covers the operations of petroleum products tanker drivers.
Legit.ng gathered that the federal government counts on the support of the law enforcement agencies across the country to ensure smooth distribution of petroleum products across the nook and cranny of the country.
“The federal government counts on the support of the law enforcement agencies across the country to ensure smooth distribution of petroleum products across the nook and cranny of the country during the period of the restriction,” Kennie Obateru, NNPC group general manager, public affairs division, said in the statement.
He also advised motorists not to engage in panic buying, noting that NNPC holds over 2.6 billion litres of petrol enough to last through the period of the lockdown and beyond.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the United Nations (UN) has released $2 million to the Nigerian government to procure essential medical supplies to help contain the outbreak of pandemic coronavirus in the country.
It was reported that the UN resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, disclosed this at a national conference in Abuja on the COVID-19 crisis.
Speaking on the UN's gestures to the country, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, said the federal government would ensure resources were deployed to where they are needed most.
In another report, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife, caused quite a stir on social media on Monday, March 30, when the first class monarch gave a list of herbs that would help boost the immune system and battle coronavirus.
It was reported that in a series of tweets, Oba Ogunwusi talked about the virus and lamented how people failed to believe in traditional alternatives as a treatment for the global pandemic.
According to the monarch, on June 6, 2019, during the World Ifa Festival, it was predicted that a pandemic war would be raged on the world but people failed to believe.
The monarch also revealed that he is working with alternative medicine practitioners and is ready to offer advice on the traditional solution to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also warned against holding his advice with a fist of levity, adding that "tomorrow may be too late."
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