..We’ll handle erring PMS suppliers, House C’ttee tells Nigerians
By Our Correspondent
The Chief Executive Officer/ Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari has assured Nigerians that the current fuel queue will vanish in few days.
Kyari said NNPC has placed order for 2.1 billion litres of petrol to address the shortage occassioned by the importation of adultrated petrol.
NNPC chief, according to a statement signed by the Corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad made the disclosures when he met with the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream).
The statement reads in part, “While assuring the Committee and Nigerians that measures have been put in place to accelerate fuel supply and distribution in the country, the NNPC CEO said the company had placed significant orders of over 2.1billion liters of methanol-free PMS to ensure the queues vanish in few days.
“The NNPC CEO also expressed deep empathy with Nigerians on the current situation and assured that adequate measures have been put in place to maintain supply sufficiency and prevent future occurrence.”
Briefing the Committee on the reason behind the return of queues at petrol stations, Kyari explained that the situation came about as a result of the discovery of methanol in the PMS cargoes shipped to Nigeria under the subsisting commercial contract operated by NNPC and its partners.
According to the CEO, the reason why tests did not reveal methanol presence was because Nigeria’s specifications do not include methanol.
“We are a law-abiding company. There is no way we could have known about the methanol presence. The only way we could have known about it is if our suppliers, in good faith, made the disclosure to us. In this particular instance, the discovery was made by our inspection agents who noticed the emulsification at the filling stations and brought it to our attention. Subsequent investigation revealed that the four cargoes which are all from the same source also contained methanol-blended PMS,” the CEO added.
He said NNPC then moved swiftly to trace all the affected products and quarantine same.
He pledged that NNPC would co-operate with the Committee and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) to get to the root of the matter.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives have vowed to deal with suppliers of adulterated petrol.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Hon. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya made the promise after interacting with the Management of the Nigeria National Peteoleum Coprpratooon, NNPC.
Hon. Gaya spoke during an engagement with Management of the NNPC organised by the Committee on the current fuel situation in the country.