BY NNAMDI OLEHI
Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commenced the road worthiness audit of fuel haulage tankers deployed in its retail business, debunking reports that one of its petrol tankers was leaking products while in motion.
The move follows renewed move in the downstream petroleum industry to check the prevailing spate of fuel tanker explosions that consumed lives and property along major roads in Lagos including the yuletide tanker fire on Festac Town link bridge and the recent Otedola Bridge in the state.
Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, Ndu Ughamadu, said the corporation’s domestic fuel market player, NNPC Retail Limited, has embarked on nationwide audit of its field operation to ensure all delisted trucks are in compliance with the requirement to remove the company’s logo and other brand attributes.
He said the audit would assist the corporation lead restoration of lasting sanity in the petroleum products haulage services across the country’s downstream retail business.
Mr. Ughamadu explained that the move has become imperative to ensure that only authentic NNPC Retail tested and certified trucks bear the company’s logo and brand insignia.
On the trending social media video skit showing a leaky fuel truck speeding-off along a high way with an insignia similar to that of NNPC, Mr. Ughamadu noted that there was nothing concrete in the said clip to show that the truck in question belongs to the NNPC Retail fleet.
Unfortunately, our in-house investigation has been constrained by the lack of a plate number on the said truck and other identification marks we normally stencil on all authentic NNPC Retail trucks across the country,’’ he said.
He pointed out that all NNPC Retail trucks are road worthy and are subjected to the strictest oil and gas industry safety protocol and procedures in line with its operational slogan of “Safety First.”
The Corporation implored the public to quickly note the plate number of such errant vehicle or driver and report same to the company through the available phone numbers or report such acts to the nearest relevant law enforcement agency.
NNPC also sent out heartfelt condolence to the Government and people of Lagos State and the families of the victims of the unfortunate recent fuel tanker inferno on the Otedola Bridge resulting in the loss of lives and vehicles.