NNPC Blames Fuel Scarcity On Pipeline Sabotage
• Moves To Apprehend Corrupt Officials
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has blamed the queues for fuel in most states of the federation on the activities of pipeline vandals.
The Group Executive Director of Commercial and Investment of the Corporation, Dr Babatunde Adeniran, who stated this in Abuja, yesterday, when he paid on-the-spot visit to some filling stations, explained that non-functional pipelines disrupted the Warri and Kaduna refineries from working.
However, he was quick to add that the Port Harcourt refinery is back on stream now as the pipeline supplying crude to the refinery has been recovered. He also said hard times await officials that indulge in sharp practices that have led to selling petrol above ex-depot price.
He said: “While not making excuse for the NNPC, the issue of price monitoring is an issue for the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). The complaint about sharp practices in the supply chain has been raised at several fora. I can say here that plans are underway to catch the culprits. When they are caught, they would be brought to book. I am saying this openly so that they would know that people know what they are doing.”
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