From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The Kano unit of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has declared that Nigerians will no longer witness fuel scarcity forever.
Speaking to newsmen on the outcome of its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kano, yesterday, chairman of the association, Bashir Ahmad Danmallam, revealed that Nigeria would soon commence exporting the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petroleum.
According to him, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has so far recorded huge successes as a result of transformations brought by the new Group Managing Director (GMD), Mai-kanti Baru.
He said Baru came up with good policies that boosted the production of oil and tackled a lot of challenges, adding he also continued with transformations in the sector, the reason why the country has not witnessed petroleum scarcity since last and this year.
“People were accusing IPMAN of sabotaging oil production in Nigeria. They accused us of orchestrating fuel scarcity, especially towards the end of the year. They failed to understand that the situation goes with the commitment of the federal government.
“As you can see, since the coming of Mai-kanti Baru, there has never been scarcity of fuel again and I assure you that, it will never happen again forever. Baru has brought good policies that boosted oil production in NNPC.
Mr Danmallam also disclosed that, to avert any scarcity of fuel,especially in this end-of-the-year period, Baru ordered that all the 21 deports in the country be filled with petroleum in case the refineries could break down.
He further stated that Baru had also dispatched diligent and experienced Managing Directors, MDs to all the 4 refineries in the country to assist him in his commitments to fix the problems bidevilling the refineries, by and large, transform the oil sector.
“Baru also brought MDs who are working tirelessly to ensure they fix the problems of our refineries. For instance, Malami Shehu, MD, PPMC, Muhammad Bali, MD WRPC, Warri, Ladelagan, MD KPRC, Kaduna, Ibrahim Inuwa Waya, MD trade, Barrister Alele, MD, Pipeline and GGM, M. Kyari, are all working tirelessly to ensure they turn things around in NNPC.
“They are also part of the successes being recorded by Baru. Let me use this opportunity to call on all Nigerians not to panic about petroleum scarcity, especially in this Christmas season. Everything is under control,” he assured.