The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in a statement on Friday empathized with Nigerians over the hardship caused by the prolonged fuel scarcity across the country.

The corporation said it is not taking for granted the patience exhibited by the citizens as it works towards tackling the challenges that have resulted in the fuel crisis.

NNPC stated that its immediate concern was to make petrol available through the interventions and processes put in place. It said that as at 4pm on Friday, one cargo containing 42 million litres of premium motor spirit (PMS) also known as petrol had finished discharging while two other cargoes containing 44 million litres of PMS were discharging products at a terminal.

The statement added that another cargo with 44 million litres of PMS has berthed and will be discharging its content later today. The corporation added that it has enough stock lined up to plug the supply gap in the short term while collaborative efforts are being made with major oil marketers and over 1,000 NNPC staff nationwide to address the challenges.

NNPC stated that for the long term, it is working to fix Nigeria’s refineries and ensure optimal operations. It also said that a ‘Direct Sale Direct Purchase’ mechanism which would further ameliorate the situation, is expected to commence in the first week of April.

According to the NNPC, President Muhammadu Buhari has also given his support to the increase of crude supply to the NNPC to ensure local sufficiency of products.

Story: Twitter/NNPCGroup

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