The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Monday assured that steps had been put in place to ensure that Nigerians who are travelling have a hitch-free and seamless Christmas celebration.
This disclosure was made by the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, in Abuja, in a statement signed by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the Group Public Affairs Division of the corporation.
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The assurance came on the back of a report that quoted the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr Jamila Shua’ra, as saying that the ministry had challenges with the availability of the Aviation turbine Kerosene (ATK) popularly known as aviation fuel.
Shortage of the product had recently led to reported cases of flight delays and cancellations across the nation’s airports.
In his assurance, the NNPC GMD averred that the corporation had exceeded the demands of marketers as 38.7 million litres of ATK had been discharged, representing a 26-day sufficiency of the product.
He also said that there was enough petrol to last 40 days.
He said: ”Specifically, on Dec. 14, the Corporation completed the discharge of 8,800MT which represented about 10.6million litres to major terminals in the country.
”In addition, as at this morning (Dec. 19), 23,500MT which represents about 28.2million litres has been discharged to the major oil terminals.
”In order to sustain the tempo, the corporation has also secured the supply of additional 30,000MT vessel of ATK which represents about 36 million litres expected to berth Nigerian shores before the end of the year.
”Furthermore, NNPC wishes to state that it has over 40-day sufficiency for Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and adequate volumes of Kerosene and diesel to satisfy national demand throughout the yuletide period and beyond.”