Critical stakeholders give assurance of smooth yuletide season

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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Stakeholders in the security, oil and transportation industry have assured Nigerians of a hitch free Christmas and New Year celebrations.

They gave the assurance on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, during a stakeholders meeting chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

The meeting was to look at the supply of petroleum products during the Yuletide season.

In his remarks, the Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Mele Kyari said the NNPC has enough supplies in stock for the yuletide season and beyond.

He said:“We are here today to take stock of our readiness for the festive period, particularly in terms of supplies and distribution of petroleum products across the country, so that this festive period will be enjoyed by Nigerians without any hitch, particularly the Christmas and New Year.

 

Roads

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on his part said:“The ministry of works and housing has a supporting role to play here, while construction work is going on, on some of the routes used for moving cargo, we have met with our contractors and directed them to provide some palliative measures to ease the movement of trucks and tankers. Some of these routes include Benin-Auchi-Okene, Warri-Sapele-Benin, Ilorin-Jaba road, Calabar-Itu road and other roads.

“This is essentially to say we are giving everybody the support we can to ease the problem of moving fuel during the period.”

Security

The Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, on his part said the level of security has increased to ensure the products are not deviated leading to scarcity.

He said:“December is a festive period, a period where Nigerians in diaspora will be coming to their homeland with their families, it is expected that every Nigerian is provided with adequate security of his life and property. For that reason, we have heightened the level of security within this period, not only the police but other security agencies are working together to ensure that the Christmas and even the New Year is celebrated without any criminal incidents.

Representative of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Comptroller General, Deputy Commandant General Operations, Hillary Madu, assured that:

“Apart from our core mandate of protecting critical national assets and infrastructure, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in synergy with our big brothers and other security agencies, will ensure our staff shun corruption on the road to ensure that fuel supply gets to their destination. There shouldn’t be any collaboration with thieves and this festive period will be one of the best as critical national assets including protection of pipelines and ensuring that illegal products are not ferried across the country will be maintained by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).”

On his part, Dr. Kassim Ibrahim Bataiya, National President of Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) said: “NARTO as a critical stakeholder in the supply and distribution value chain, is committed to support NNPC and the government in ensuring availability of petroleum products from now till the end of next year. We are committed and we have all our trucks available and ready for lifting petroleum products from now till the end of next year, most especially now that we have the assurance of the GMD that there is availability of products in all the depots, from the IGP that our roads will be secured and the environment conducive for us to operate. 

“So, we are committed to supporting the government and Isha Allah there will be no scarcity of petroleum this year.”

The National Chairman of Petroleum Tanker Drivers branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers [NUPENG], Akanni Oladiti, on his part said “I want Nigerians to be rest assured that during this coming holiday and beyond, so far as the main operator of the industry, the NNPC has assured that the products will be available and will continue to be available, we will take the products to all the four corners of Nigeria. There will not be scarcity or whatever. We want Nigeria to be good and we pray for the leadership of this country that God will them good health and prosperity.”