NMDPRA Boss Confirms Logistics Disruptions As Cause Of Fuel Shortages

By: Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Farouk Ahmed, has confirmed that the recent fuel shortages experienced in the country were due to logistics disruptions caused by severe flooding in Lagos and other parts of the country.

Ahmed who made this known to State House Correspondents on Tuesday in Abuja after meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the State House, Abuja, said flooding in Lagos State disrupted truck loading and movement.

Insufficiency addressed

He said this further increased the problem of insufficiency of PMS, he assured that these issues were being addressed through coordinated efforts between Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) and marketing companies.

“And obviously offshore there were a lot of soil and there were distabilisation and it was very difficult to continue our shipping operations because of safety, the safe shuft transfer was suspended because of the volatile nature of the high sea at the time, so that two days of delays created that gap and on top of that else where there were floodings in Lagos and that distrupted truck loading and truck movement because of the floods so the floodings were now more like helpless”. Ahmed Said.

Product sufficiency

While reiterating the government’s commitment to supporting local industries and ensuring the quality of petroleum products, he added that there is a 20days sufficiency of petroleum products, with 12 days offshore and 8 days onshore .

“I did briefed the President we have like 20days sufficiency, 12days offshore and over 8days sufficiency of onshore but what is important is to translate the offshore to onshore and that is why I mentioned to you earlier that the movement of shipping to other parts of the country will fast track the onshore availability and once we have the stock in onshore spread across the country then you see a lot of comforts coming in” Mr Ahmed added.

The CEO also discussed the impact of floods in parts of Niger and Edo states, which he said increases road blockages and hinders the transportation of petroleum products.

 

 

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