The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Enugu State government, have pledged to work together to revive the strategic Enugu Depot to meet the petroleum products demand of the entire South-East region and beyond.
This was made known when the Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru paid a courtesy call to the governor of Enugu State, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, at the Government House, Enugu, Southeast Nigeria.
Baru who lamented the incessant acts of vandalism on the Aba-Enugu products pipeline also said that the situation has hampered efficient supply and distribution of petroleum products not only in the state, but in the entire South-East
He described the Enugu Depot as a major NNPC supply and distribution infrastructure in the entire South-East region which requires the support of all stakeholders to bring it back to life.
He then called on the governor to rally the other governors in the region to work with the NNPC and security agencies to secure the strategic pipeline, which he said would go a long way in reviving efficient supply and distribution of petroleum products in the area.
“This depot is not only strategic to the South East, it also serves as a bridge to
Makurdi Depot in the North Central as well as the Yola Depot in the North East,”
The GMD also charged the governor to collaborate with relevant government agencies to enforce the sale of petrol at filling stations in the state at the government-regulated price of N145.
“You wouldn’t want to watch as unpatriotic marketers profiteer over your innocent citizens. We still believe marketers anywhere in this country can make profit selling at the official pump price,” Baru added.
Responding, Governor Ugwuanyi assured the GMD that he would rally other
governors from the region to ensure that the Aba-Enugu pipeline is secured from
the unwholesome activities of vandals.
Describing the GMD’s visit as timely, Governor Ugwuanyi said he was now better informed as to why the Enugu Depot was not in operation.
He assured that the Enugu State Task Force on Petroleum Products would work with NNPC officials and relevant security agencies to ascertain the exact incident spots with a view to securing the pipeline.