NNPC apologises to Nigerians over toxic petrol

Says fuel scarcity to end soon

The Group Managing Director of the NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari, has apologised to Nigerians over the importation of toxic fuel, which caused the current scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, across major cities in the country.

Kyari, who appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream investigating the importation of adulterated fuel, said the NNPC was not aware of the presence of methanol in the fuel imported.

He said the loading terminal where the fuel was brought into the country has been supplying petrol for a very long time, pointing out that it was a major terminal supplying fuel not only to West Africa but many countries in Europe.

The NNPC chief also regretted the damage done to the vehicles of motorists by the toxic petrol, and the resulting scarcity and long queues at filling stations in various parts of the country. He asked Nigerians to avoid panic-buying of fuel, saying the distribution of the product would normalise in the weeks ahead.

As part of measures to address the situation, the company directed all its depots and outlets to begin 24 hours operations across the country.

Recall that the NNPC Group Executive Director (Downstream), Adetunji Adeyemi, who briefed reporters on Tuesday in Abuja, stated that the company was already accelerating petrol distribution.

He assured Nigerians that about 2.1 billion litres of the product would have been injected into the system before the end of the month to ensure that fuel supply across the country is normalised.

Adeyemi said the company has constituted a monitoring team with the support of the authority and other security agencies to ensure the smooth distribution of petrol nationwide.

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