Various cities across Nigeria have witnessed shortage of petroleum products in the past month.
The fuel shortage that has crippled Lagos State and left scores discomfited is caused by the shutdown of system 2b pipeline as a result of vandalism, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has said.
The Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, Fidel Pepple, said this on Monday in a press statement.
He said the system 2b pipeline, which is a major pipeline which evacuates about “nine to eleven million litres of fuel from Lagos to Ibadan, Ilorin and the north” had to be shut down after it was vandalised.
A couple of weeks ago, in Arepo, Ogun state, petroleum product pipelines were destroyed by a group of vandals. They harassed some journalists and killed three NNPC staff. The pipeline vandalism in Arepo has caused a severe shortage of petroleum products across the South West and some parts of the North.
However, Mr. Pepple said the NNPC has taken measures to end the current fuel scarcity.
“To alleviate the problems resulting from the shutdown of the pipeline, the NNPC has stepped up distribution through tankers.
“As I speak, we have raised the daily supply of fuel from Folawiyo tank farm from 150 tankers to 250 tankers, MRS from 100 to 200 tankers, Capital Oil to 300 tankers, NIPCO to 70 tankers and AITEO to 100 tankers,” Mr. Pepple disclosed.
He said that fuel delivery and supply to Port Harcourt, Aba, and Calabar has also been increased.
Mr. Pepple said that as at Thursday last week, the NNPC had 32 days sufficiency of petroleum products.
He added that the NNPC is currently collaborating with the security agencies to fix the pipeline in order to restore normal fuel supply to the affected areas.
The NNPC’S spokesperson called on Nigerians to participate in securing pipelines, by being vigilant.