The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured motorists and other consumers of petroleum products nationwide that the fire incident, which occurred at Apapa loading jetty at the early hours of Monday will not affect supply of petroleum products.
A statement from the NNPC said the corporation has already deployed a team of engineers to the jetty to immediately commence repairs of the affected parts.
The fire was sparked from the activities of hoodlums who were scooping fuels spilled from ships discharging fuels at the jetty.
Maikanti Baru, NNPC group managing director, who has been fully briefed on the incident, described the occurrence as unfortunate, assuring that NNPC has more than 1.6 billion litres of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, enough to last for 48 days.
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Baru also said the corporation also had in stock, sufficient quantity of automotive gas oil (AGO), also known as diesel, dual purpose kerosene (DPK), otherwise referred to as kerosene, as well as aviation turbine kerosene (ATK) to serve the country.
NNPC advised motorists not to engage in panic buying, adding that they report any challenge they may have in the course of purchasing to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), which is statutorily empowered to deal with such issues.
The statement also indicates that government is working assiduously to arrive at an amicable resolution of outstanding issues with the industry unions.