Fuel Scarcity: NNPC to build 109 new mega-stations across Nigeria


In a deft move designed to ensure efficient distribution and country-wide penetration of petroleum products, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has commenced nationwide consultation with stakeholders aimed at drumming support for the planned expansion of its retail outlets across the country.

Under the expansion plan, NNPC is seeking to expand the market share of its retail business to an appreciable level from the current 12 per cent by building a mega station in every Senatorial district in the country in the months ahead.

Speaking during the flag-off of consultation during the week with a visit to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, the Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment, Babatunde Adeniran, who led the NNPC delegation said the purpose of the visit was to solicit for the support of Kaduna State Government to provide lands for building new NNPC petrol stations in the state.

“Our mission is to build three mega stations, one each in the three senatorial districts of the state. We need about five thousand square meters for each of the station. Each station will have six pumps including that of Liquefied Petroleum Gas which is cooking gas,” the GED said.

Governor El-Rufai who was visibly elated expressed gratitude to NNPC management for deciding to flag-off the outlets expansion programme in Kaduna Sate, adding: “Any time NNPC comes visiting, it comes with good news”.

The governor who gave express approval for lands to be made available to NNPC for the mega stations said: “I want to assure you that we will give you all the support that you need. The State Director of Lands will take the NNPC project team round the state to look at alternative sites. I don’t know how many you are building, we can give you as many as ten sites if you want”.

He stated that the supply of petroleum products was a key requirement for the prosperity of the country, adding that he was happy that NNPC was ready to invest heavily in the retail business to ensure that Nigerians are not exploited by private sector marketers.

He pledged the support of the state government to the success of the NNPC in general and the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) in particular.

Speaking in similar vein during the consultative visit to Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje described NNPC as an indispensable business ally for socio-economic growth of Kano State and the country at large.

“Indeed, collaborating with the NNPC is indispensable if we are to achieve socio-economic development of the State. Kano State being the largest in terms of population and also the commercial nerve centre of the North, there is no better organization to have an alliance with than the NNPC,” Gov. Ganduje said.

He said he has already directed the Commissioner of Lands to work with the NNPC project team in selecting sites that meet the commercial requirement of the new filling stations in all the senatorial districts of the state.

“We know the philosophy behind establishing such retail stations. Considering that you are the custodians of crude oil and petroleum products in the country, one may wonder why you are into retail business. But those of us in governance understand the situation because if you leave everything to the marketers, then the problem of control especially of the price and availability will become difficult”, Gov. Ganduje enthused, adding that NNPC mega stations have integrity and do not require any enforcement for compliance on approved prices of petroleum products.

In a related development, the Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar, has pledged support for the NNPC retail outlet expansion project.

Gov. Abubakar who spoke when he received the NNPC delegation for a consultative meeting on the retail expansion project said he has directed the Ministry of Lands to provide alternative sites that meet the stipulated requirements for NNPC to choose from.

Dr. Adeniran expressed gratitude to the governors for their unwavering support for the aspirations and success of the Corporation.

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  • just kennie

    Honestly, I don’t know what this is, if it’s not change!
    Few greedy people cannot continue to determine the future of 170 million Nigerians.
    God Bless PMB.

    • abodes_124

      Its the kind of change that changes nothing. You cannot solve a supply problem with a distribution solution. That is what is politely referred to as being daft.

  • Du Covenant

    This is excellent news, I hope NNPC will build more of such filling stations across the country. We are tired of rogue individual operating filling stations and treating fellow citizens as enemies. They adultrate, temper with the pump, no health & safety measures in place, they don’t invest in anything to make filling stations safe and nice experience despite the humongous amount of money they make!. All these dubious people have had their chances, their licenses should be revoked or indirectly put them out of business, we had enough!.

  • igbiki

    It a very good thing indeed.

    While building and expanding in Nigeria they should also think of expanding their refining capablities and take the statons where the money at. They should start building or initiate moves to start sales driectly to the people in the US and the EU.

    Venezuela is selling through Citgo, a wholly owned subsidiary of it state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., refined fuel and its anciliary products directly in its filling stations across the US.

  • Nwokolo

    Whoever has not seen or felt some positive change with our new sherrif must be “nerve dead”. Well done NNPC.

  • Omooba A

    Good plan in the right direction to self sufficient in refined oil products for the masses. This will not only reduce fuel scarcity, it will generate some employments as well. It is about time for the oil marketers to be paid back with the same ignominy they have dealt the citizens for years. Nigeria government will not only be competing with these greedy fools, they, the marketers, will be forced to toe the line of righteous for a change. When this project is implemented, they marketers will not only compete with the government for correct price, they will also be forced to be honest on what their pump is dishing out.

    • abodes_124

      As usual we pursue white elephant solutions to basic problems. You can give out contract to build q thousand mega stations but it will not make any difference if they have no fuel to sell. If there is enough fuel , there will be no scarcity. Building more petrol stations will not increase your market share and as a minority supplier you will not influence supply enough to satisfy demand pressures. Neither will locking up stations of profiteers result in more fuel bein available. Kachiukwu is turning out to be a big disappointment. Remove the fuel subsidy or allow ‘price modulation’ immediately , allow enough fuel to be imported to meet demand in the short term, get our existing refineries working in the medium term and commission and get more refineries to be built to meet and even exceed local demand in the long term.

      • Omooba A

        I am one optimistic Nigerian that believes the country is still going to be better in my lifetime. Knowing what we now know about the past government, if this idea was proposed by them, I will write that it wouldn’t fly – another white elephant as you wrote. However, I am optimistic that this government will try to rescue the country from its downward fall, how far the rescue, they have two of their four years to show how serious they mean their ‘change’ slogan. The country have four refineries, and if working at capacity will reduce importation to minimal. We have read on how the oil marketers turned fuel importation to cash-cow, means of holding the country hostage, and milked it dry with subsidies. If the past governments could not or wouldn’t maintained the four refineries, how will additional refineries make a different. There are licenses for private refineries and none of our so-called billionaires in the country is taking advantage to own one. Do you know why? Majority of these so-called billionaires are bunch of cash-and-carry treasury looters – they want to drop two naira and pick two thousand in return in less than one minute. The idea of a refinery that will gulp money to build and takes months before generating profit is out of their comfort zone. Why are the oil marketers not jumping into owning their own refineries within the country? It seems importation is more lucrative or they already have their refineries outside the country and use importation to milk the government through subsidies. This Minister’s idea is still laudable, in my opinion, as long as the four refineries are working to capacity, fuel scarcity will be reduced. The government need to issue more licenses for private refineries and extend offer to serious business minded people or companies outside the country.

        • abodes_124

          Sigh! Optimism , hope, prayer – the classical Nigerian response to problems. Realism, planning and using the brain God gave us will more likely help solve our perpetual problems..

          • Omooba A

            I don’t want to personalize this discussion with you hence consider this as my last response…. Did any of my responses above wished for a god or a religious body to come and solve Nigeria problems that were created by Nigerians? I don’t think you read any special prayers that I made for good government in that country either. I am optimistic for the new government because I witnessed Buhari first stint in government years ago, dictatorship or not, Lagos and Nigeria as a whole was ‘normal’ for few months compared to what it has been since the first republic. I hope that he, Buhari, could perform by surrounding himself with selfless people that could move the country forward and my optimism was based on this. Realism has its limit too and being realistic in the midst of hopelessness is not going achieve much, close to nothing. I don’t know about you, I am nowhere close to the seat of the current government and couldn’t make or influence any policy and all I could is to be optimistic that the government perform better than we have seen in the last administrations. Isn’t this what change is all about?

  • blow fissh

    I am yet to make sense out of this plan. Where and how are you going to supply the fuel for all these so call mega stations. Why cant funds for the mega station be utilized for new/upgraded refinery? Abi nah holy water the mega stations go dey sell?