The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured Nigerians that the re-emergence of petrol queues across the country will normalize very soon.
This assurance was given by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, yesterday when he addressed State House correspondents after giving an update on the petroleum sector and goings-on in the country around the oil and gas business to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He explained that the situation was due to strike action embarked upon by the association of petrol tankers drivers, but following the intervention of the leadership of the NNPC, the strike had been suspended for one week and the tanker drivers had resumed lifting of petroleum products from all fuel depots across the country.
“And those issues were not resolved up till yesterday, until we intervened to ensure that there’s an amicable settlement between the parties so that they will have peace and then normal loading operations will commence from the depots.
“The petrol queues have nothing to do with the on-going issue of petroleum subsidy. As I speak to you at this moment, loading has commenced in all depots in the country”, he said.
Reacting to a question on whether or not the subsidy has come to stay, Mallam Kyari stated that subsidy is a policy matter, noting that engagements are going on within government to get the best framework for having a fully deregulated premium motor spirit market.
As this is going on, we are engaging all parties and all stakeholders to make sure that at the end of the day, there is an exit that is beneficial to the ordinary man, he concluded.