The Petroleum Products Monitoring Committee (PPMC), in Kogi, has pledged to prevent occasional fuel scarcity particularly during festive and election periods in the state.
Mr Otayitie Eminefo, the committee chairman, gave the assurance at the inaugural meeting with the relevant stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, yesterday, in Lokoja.
Kogi government on November 1, inaugurated a seven-man committee to monitor the sale of petroleum products to avoid hoarding and scarcity during festivities and elections in the state.
Eminefo, who doubles as the special adviser to the governor on Energy and Power, urged the stakeholders to support the committee in order to actualise its mandate and terms of reference.
According to him, the committee is collaborating with NNPC, DPR and security agencies for proper monitoring of petroleum products meant for Kogi State from the point of loading to the sale points.
“We are ready to work cordially with petroleum marketers and tankers drivers’ association and all that are involved in the value-chain, to help resolve any rising issue at anytime”.
He further noted, “We have interacted with relevant stakeholders to understand our modus operandi and mandates, and their own roles and responsibilities as enshrined in the law”.
“Adequate measures have been put in place to ensure smooth processes; sanctions will be applied to any infractions from anybody, in order to ease the burden of the people, noting that the turnout of stakeholders at meeting was satisfactory, and it would be a regular meeting so that interactions can be frequent to reduce communication gaps,” Eminefo said.
While assuring the people of Kogi that Gov Yahaya Bello, would ensure that they get premium motor spirit and other products at the right time at regular price and quantity, he averred that the business owners in Kogi should be rest assured that their businesses are protected because, “the government would continue to create enabling environment,” he said.
Shaibu Audu, assistant commissioner of police, Operations, Kogi State police Command, said that the police would synergise with other security agencies to ensure that products meant for Kogi State get to the state.
“We will ensure that the issue of occasional and unwarranted fuel scarcity during elections and festivities, especially December period, become a thing of the past noting that fuel would be available everywhere for everybody at the normal pump price at anytime, and ensure that everything is done in a peaceful manner,” Audu said.
The chairman, Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association (PTDA), Lokoja, Mr Mohammed Yusuf, commended the state government for the gesture, saying the association was ready to support the committee to fulfill its mandate.
“We will coordinate our drivers and ensure that the products are made available and avoid issues of diversion and other anomalies. It is a good development,” Yusuf said.
Adesina Michael, the head of Operations, NSCDC, Kogi Command, stressed the need for all stakeholders to ensure total compliance regarding the rules and regulations guiding oil and gas.