IPMAN, NUPENG, Others Should Partner NNPCL To Normalise Fuel Distribution – CSOs


Oil marketers and distributors were on Tuesday urged to partner with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPCL) to ensure seamless delivery of petroleum product across the country which is crucial to the country’s quest for energy security.

The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for Good Governance, a key stakeholder in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, made this call in a communique issued at the end of a roundtable meeting of CSOs and other stakeholders in the country’s oil and gas sector in Lagos on Tuesday.

The CSOs also expressed excitement with the manner the NNPCL is managing fuel supply across the country despite huge limitations.

The coalition echelon led by Olufemi Lawson, the Secretary of the Centre of Public Accountability; Declan Ihekiare, the Director of Activists For Good Governance; Sina Loremikan, the Head of Campaign Against Impunity; Ganzallo Gbenga, the Director of Transparency Advocacy for Good Governance; Abdullahi Alli, the Head of Centre for Promotion of Justice and Aisha Kewulere, the coordinator of Women Advocates for Good Governance.

Their call was inspired by the manner at which the state-owned company is managing the fuel scarcity caused by bad weather.

Queues resurfaced across major cities in Africa’s biggest oil producer, but the NNPCL explained that the scarcity was as a result of weather condition which affected berthing at jetties, truck load-outs and transportation of products to filling stations, causing a disruption in station supply logistics.

Another issue noted by the NNPCL was the recent flooding of truck routes, which has constrained the movement of PMS from the coastal corridors to the Federal Capital, Abuja.

The company also said that due to the flammability of petroleum products and in compliance with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) regulations, it was impossible to load petrol during rainstorms and lightning.

The CSOs said in a communique presented after two days of deliberation that it had found that the NNPCL had made efforts to control the disaster which the situation would have caused.

Said Lawson who spoke for the coalition: “We commend the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), particularly the Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mele Kyari, for their unwavering dedication in managing the complexities associated with the distribution of petroleum products, amidst considerable challenges.

“Their efforts have been pivotal in ensuring a consistent supply of fuel across Nigeria, especially during periods of heightened demand and logistical constraints.

“However, while acknowledging the strides made by NNPCL, we recognise that sustainable solutions to the sector’s challenges require a concerted effort from all stakeholders.

“We hereby wish to call upon private oil marketers, depot owners, workers, media, civil society, and all participants in the petroleum distribution chain to join hands with NNPCL in a collaborative approach”.

The coalition urged all stakeholders to prioritise national interest, ensuring that efforts were synchronised to overcome obstacles and improve service delivery to every corner of Nigeria.

They said NNPCL’s efforts in maintaining a stable supply of petroleum products nationwide was a testament that the GCEO was working in line with the company’s mandate.

Lawson said the NNPCL belonged to all Nigerians, adding that its leadership had paid a crucial role in delivering value to the nation.

The cordinator noted that since the transition of the NNPCL as a commercial entity empowered by the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021, the company had consistently ensured it led the industry in ensuring profitability, product availability and making sure investors returned to the country.

Said the CSOs: “Despite its legal mandate to operate commercially, NNPCL recognises the necessity of ensuring energy sufficiency through a seamless supply of petroleum products across the country.

“This commitment is vital for guaranteeing national energy security”.

The group said NNPCL had embarked on strategic partnerships, such as the acquisition of OVH downstream assets, aimed at expanding its extensive network of retail stations nationwide.

It added that as a result, NNPCL was approaching a significant milestone of capturing approximately 30 per cent of the nation’s petroleum downstream retail market”.

The CSOs also hailed the sustained collaboration which the NNPCL had maintained with critical stakeholders.

The group said the state-owned company had maintained robust collaborations with key stakeholders in the downstream sector, including Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), the Nigerian Oil Marketers Association, and Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD) among others.

Said the CSOs: “These partnerships ensure seamless storage, supply, distribution, and retailing of petroleum products across the nation.

“We call for enhanced collaboration among stakeholders to further ensure energy sufficiency for Nigeria”.

They called for continued vigilance and collaboration among all stakeholders to achieve a sustainable and energy-secure Nigeria.

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