The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, on Saturday, assured Nigerians that the era of fuel scarcity is gone for good.
Receiving “Man of the Year” award from Nigeria NewsDirect newspaper, Dr. Baru said the corporation learnt a great lesson during the recent fuel scarcity.
“We have actualised the lessons learnt, part of which is to ensure that at any point in time, there should be sufficient products available for distribution across the country.
“Most of our PPMC depots in Ejigbo, Mosinmi, Ibadan and other parts of the nation have sufficient products for distribution now.
“NNPC is discussing with security operatives to stop smuggling of petroleum products across our borders. “We are working alongside with them to ensure safety of our pipelines because we still have some areas where vandals still disrupt our pipelines,” he said.
Baru said he dedicated the award to all staff of the corporation. Also speaking, Dr. Diran Fawibe, Chairman, International Energy Services, urged NNPC to ensure that the nation’s refineries worked to their full capacities.
According to Fawibe, the oil and gas sector is a major sustainer of the nation’s economy. Earlier in his welcome address, Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi, Publisher, Nigeria NewsDirect, said the award was in recognition of the good work of distinguished Nigerians to the country’s growth.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other Nigerians that received awards include the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Raji Fashola, and the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.