By Etuka Sunday
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said, it is currently engaging with leadership of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), to reconsider its threat to stop dispatches at some depots in the country.
Recall, the National Chairman of PTD, Comrade salimon Oladiti warned that the only Clog in the wheel of progress that may arise in the smooth supply and distribution of products across the country is the deplorable state of the Road Particularly Jebba- Mokwa and Tatabu Bridge axis. This was despite the visit by the Vice President Professor Yemi Osibajo, though the Bridge had been repaired but the Road leading to the Tatabu Bridge is still in a deplorable state stretching from Jebba to Mokwa, where trucks spent days on the Road.
The National Chairman therefore called on Government to expedite action on repairing the Road, because with the onset of the rain soon, the situation will be totally out of control.
Comrade Oladiti also supported the use of other Depots outside of Lagos as a way of decongesting the gridlock in Apapa and easing the problem of fuel scarcity and that where this method as well as the system Two-B is sustained, the perennial problem of fuel scarcity will be a thing of the past.
He however reminded that some of the Bad Road identified must be repaired as Tanker Drivers cannot do anything to assuage the suffering of Nigerians under the circumstance. Already some Roads are by- Passed to Mosimi to demonstrate that PTD is ready to work twenty four hours at ensuring smooth supply of products across the country, but unless something is done to stem the tide of Tankers breaking down or upturned, the situation will be difficult and the union will be left with no choice than to boycott some of the Bad Roads.
Meanwhile, NNPC has assured motorists and other petroleum products consumers in Abuja and its environs not to engage in panic buying.
The Corporation said, relevant government agencies have stepped in with a view to addressing the concerns of members of the union.
NNPC seized the opportunity to further warn marketers not to hoard products as law enforcement agencies, working with industry regulators, have been detailed to take appropriate measures against any defaulter.
The corporation assures that there are enough petroleum products to guarantee relief to petroleum products consumers.