The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Monday said steps had been taken to ensure travellers have a hitch-free yuletide.
The NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, said this in Abuja in a statement signed by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the, Group Public Affairs Division of the corporation.
It would be recalled that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr Jamila Shua’ra, had said that the ministry had challenges with the availability of the Aviation turbine Kerosene (ATK) popularly known as aviation fuel.
Shortage of the product had recently led to reported cases of flight delays and cancellations across the nation’s airports.
Assuring travellers of sufficient ATK, Baru also said that the corporation had exceeded the demands of marketers as 38.7 million litres of ATK had been discharged, representing a 26-day sufficiency of the product.
He also said that there was enough petrol to last 40 days.
”Specifically, on Dec. 14, the Corporation completed the discharge of 8,800MT which represented about 10.6million litres to major terminals in the country.
”In addition, as at this morning (Dec. 19), 23,500MT which represents about 28.2million litres has been discharged to the major oil terminals.
”In order to sustain the tempo, the corporation has also secured the supply of additional 30,000MT vessel of ATK which represents about 36 million litres expected to berth Nigerian shores before the end of the year.
”Furthermore, NNPC wishes to state that it has over 40-day sufficiency for Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and adequate volumes of Kerosene and diesel to satisfy national demand throughout the yuletide period and beyond.”
Baru assured Nigerians that the NNPC would sustain the drive towards ensuring availability of petroleum products at all times.