The Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, on Tuesday pledged that Nigerians will no longer experience scarcity of petrol in the country.
He blamed ‘unpatriotic’ elements in the nation’s downstream sector as responsible for the recent fuel shortage which marred the Christmas celebrations, expressing delight that the situation has been brought under control.
Baru stated this in Abuja at the opening of the 2018/2019 crude oil term contract bid, as he warned those that would be selected after the bid against engaging in sharp practices.
He pointed out that the opening of bids is an indication of President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive for transparency and accountability in the conduct of government business.
According to the GMD, “I am happy that this problem has been dealt with and the few pockets of non-compliance have been tackled.
“It was unfortunate that due to the behaviour of a few bad eggs, the Christmas was a pain. We hope you will never be part of this incident and we also hope this type of thing never happens in the future.
“NNPC is determined that this year there will be no fuel shortage. Definitely we have seen the last of it”.
He maintained that the focus of the NNPC was to enhance production volume, while ensuring that the “best value is realised through competitive marketing of our crude grades to international refineries and graders’’.
“In line with this aspiration, NNPC is collaborating with key stakeholders to improve the overall security of our production sites, crude export lines and other critical oil and gas infrastructure,” he said.
Baru further enjoined the bidders not to patronise fraudsters who promise off-takers selection assistance.