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We’ve Learnt From Recent Petrol Supply Hiccups – Baru

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has activated measures to ensure that the prevailing stability in the supply and distribution of petroleum products is sustained across the country.

Group managing director (GMD), Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed this at a brief ceremony at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, Monday, to wind down the activities of the corporation’s Fuel Supply War Room established three months ago,

Baru in a statement issued by the spokesperson of NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, stated that the corporation would imbibe the lessons garnered from the exercise to improve on its ability to discharge its responsibility as supplier of last resort.

He explained that the War Room had provided the corporation with a platform for real-time monitoring, information sharing, process debottlenecking as well as accelerated decision-making by top management, stressing that the informed decisions that had been taken along the line constituted a new pool of experiences and lessons learnt, deployable towards improving NNPC’s supply and distribution operations going forward.

‘’After months of consistent efforts, coupled with the doggedness of the War Room lieutenants, who spent days and nights, often sacrificing weekends and public holidays, we were able to take far-reaching actions and arrive at impactful decisions that have turned around the situation from misery to victory,’’ he said.

Baru, however, noted that as the supplier of last resort, NNPC would always ensure petroleum products availability nationwide.

He said the corporation would maintain an eagle eye on  premium motor spirit (PMS), or petrol evacuation figures from depots across the nation, and where necessary engage the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) through existing Joint Monitoring Team.

Earlier in his address, chief operating officer, Ventures and leader of the Fuel Supply War Room,  Dr. Babatunde Adeniran,  said the exercise provided invaluable knowledge and capacity building opportunity not only for the War Room members but also for the corporation and the entire oil and gas industry at large.



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