Reps mandate NNPC to establish more depots to curb fuel scarcity

Reps mandate NNPC to establish more depots to curb fuel scarcity

House of Representatives has charged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to establish and equip more depots nationwide to end the reoccurring fuel scarcity in the country.

This followed the adoption of a motion over the mandate to NNPC by Kingsley Uju.

The motion was on the “need to establish more petrol depots in Nigeria,” at plenary, on Thursday, June 30.

Uju, in his motion, said there was insufficient depots to store petroleum products in the country; adding that the NNPC had accepted a lapse in its supply chain.

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According to information available on the official website of the NNPC; Nigeria has 5,000 kilometres of pipeline network; 21 storage depots and nine LPG depots which are grossly inadequate to effectively serve the 36 states of the country; as well as the Federal Capital Territory, hence the recurring fuel scarcity.

“Many other depots are owned by private individuals who receive fuel from the NNPC and then sell at exorbitant prices; causing unnecessary irregularities in the price of the product across the country.

”If more fuel depots are established, fuel scarcity will be curbed; while more employment opportunities will be created as a result, thus improving the country’s economy,” Uju said.

Meanwhile, in a related development, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the potential in the transportation sector, if properly harnessed could contribute substantially to the growth of the Nigerian economy.

Gbajabiamila stated this while declaring open a public hearing organised by the House Committee on Transportation.

The session concerned a bill to repeal the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Act; as well as enact Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Act to provide for studies for the development of the transportation sector.

The speaker said there is doubt that “if this (transport) sector is properly utilised and harnessed; the sector can sufficiently sustain the Nigeria economy and liberate us from the current over dependence on oil.”

Further, he said another benefit of the Bill, when fully operational as a law, is that it will assist in the reduction of carnage on Nigerian roads, waterways and other means of transportation.

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