The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti K. Baru has explained why the corporation will not, for now, resume supply of petroleum products to the NNPC depot at Emene, near Enugu, insisting that as long as the vandals continued their nefarious activities on the on oil pipelines, there would be no supply to the area.
Dr Baru also spoke on the problem of ‘profiteering’ among fuel dealers in southeast zone, particularly in Enugu and its environs where dealers sell fuel above the official price of N145 per litre, and condemned the attitude of such marketers who make fortunes at the detriment of the average consumer in the area.
The GMD who spoke during the NNPC Special Day at the on-going 29th Enugu International Trade Fair, said he had earlier held a meeting with Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on how to make the Enugu depot functional, but he explained to him that the implication of vandalization of the oil pipelines, one of which is that “if the vandals don’t stop their negative activities on the oil pipelines, there won’t be supply to the area.”
The NNPC depot at Emene, Enugu and the sub-depot at Osisioma in Aba, Abia State were established to service the southeast zone, including Benue and Kogi States as well as the south-south zone. But for close to 20 years, the Enugu depot has been moribund owing to the activities of vandals who destroyed oil pipelines.
Baru regretted that the NNPC has so far recorded 685 spots of vandalization of oil pipelines between the Aba and Enugu depot, maintaining that “as long as this thing continues, there’s no way we can supply petroleum products to Enugu depot.”
He said that Enugu depot is a very strategic one to the corporation, assuring the southeast zone of rehabilitation of facilities and resumption of supply of petroleum products so long as vandalization of oil pipelines was brought to an end.
On profiteering and the shylock attitude of some oil marketers in the zone, Baru said there was no reason people should be selling fuel above the official price of N145 per litre while using cost of transportation as an excuse.
“The issues are many but we need your assistance; we need your cooperation. Talk to your members,” Baru specifically told the President of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Sir Emeka Udeze. The ECCIMA boss had earlier in his keynote speech, appealed to the GMD to ensure resumption of fuel supply to Enugu depot.
Source: Daily Trust
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