By Our Correspondent
“It wasn’t us.” That is the message Oando Plc. is passing to Nigerians in response to the statement made by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd on Wednesday.
The NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, had said the national oil firm received on January 20, 2022, a report from its quality inspector on the presence of emulsion particles in PMS cargoes shipped to Nigeria from Antwerp-Belgium.
He said NNPC investigation revealed the presence of methanol in four PMS cargoes imported by its Direct Sale Direct Purchase suppliers namely: MRS, Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium, Oando, and Duke Oil.
Reacting, Oando in a statement released to the Nigerian Exchange Ltd., said it did not import adulterated Premium Motor Spirit into the country.
The statement read, “Following media reports listing Oando as one of four importers that supplied methanol-blended Premium Motor Spirits into the country, we hereby state that Oando did not import and supply PMS that was adulterated or substandard.
“The PMS supplied by Oando met Nigeria’s import specification. We are committed to working assiduously with the NNPC and industry, in order to identify the root cause(s) of the subsequent contamination of the PMS supplied.
“We want to assure the public that Oando, as a responsible corporate citizen, would not partake in the importation, distribution, or marketing of substandard petroleum products.”
The adulterated fuel has caused damages to many vehicles and caused scarcity of the product with long queues surfacing in Lagos, Abuja and other cities.
Vehicle owners are not likely to get any compensation in a country where accountability is a foreign word.