Travellers during the festive Christmas and New Year periods have been assured of availability of fuel by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and oil workers.
And with the promise of abundant supply, NNPC warns consumers to avoid stocking the highly volatile premium motor spirit, also called petrol, in conditions that could lead to fire incidents in the period characterised by dry harmattan wind.
The guarantee of distribution efficiency came with the pledge by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) to work closely with NNPC to ensure a hitch-free products distribution across the country throughout the end of year festive period.
National President of NUPENG, Prince Williams Akporeha, gave this assurance when he led the National Central Working Committee (CWC) on a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.
He said members of the union would be on duty to address any issue capable of disrupting the distribution of petroleum products between now and the end of the year.
He also commended the GMD’s giant stride in revamping products pipelines and strategic depots across the country which he said had reduced products theft and revived business activities across the Country.
Responding, Dr. Baru, who inaugurated the newly elected NUPENG NNPC Group Executives, charged the labour leaders to sustain the industrial harmony currently being enjoyed in the industry by resorting to dialogue instead of threats and confrontation.
Meanwhile the Group General Manager in charge if the Group Public Affairs Department of NNPC, Mr. NduUghamadu, warned fuel users to take extra caution during the approaching dry season to avert fuel fire blasts.
Mr. Ughamadu said in a public statement that experience had shown that commuters stock petroleum products at home or move about with them in their vehicle boot at this period of the year, exposing themselves and others to serious danger.
Ughamadu referred to the incident involving a car laden with fuel which burst into flames while in motion last week at Umuode community, Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State, as an example of the danger of transporting inflammable petroleum products in vehicle not made for that purpose.
He also appealed to communities hosting NNPC facilities to refrain from stealing products from pipelines or engaging in activities that my lead to spill of petroleum products saying such practices lead to disastrous incidents.
He called on citizens to report suspicious movements around the fuel storage and distribution facilities to the law enforcement agencies, adding that observing basic safety rule of keeping away from areas where inflammable petroleum products spills had occurred could save lives and properties.
It would be recalled that many people died and property worth millions of Naira burned when some members of Umuaduru and Umuimo communities in OsisiomaNgwa Local Government Area of Abia State were caught in a fire as they scooped petrol around NNPC’s burst pipeline in their community.
Dr. Baru explained that NNPC has 37 days fuel sufficiency, according to the release by the NNPC spokesperson, stressing the GMD said that strategies had been put in place to ensure that Nigerians experience a hitch-free festive period.