By Temitope Akintoye,
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that it would commence operations outside borders of the country and resume service delivery in other West-Africa countries.
It explained that branching into the untapped markets in neighbouring countries would open opportunities for more business and profiteering from which Nigerians would yield great economic benefits.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC Retail Ltd., Billy Okoye, stated that the corporation’s plan to extend its services beyond the Nigerian border and create more lines for economic growth was to consolidate by the successes recorded in the Nigerian market after delving into sales of lubricant.
In a statement released through the General Manager on Public Affairs, Dr Kennie Obateru, on Thursday, Okoye said that the NNPC was effectively owned by the Nigerian people and that decisions taken by its management were aimed at protecting the economic interests of the people.
He reiterated that the corporation’s plan to extend its services to the country’s neighbours would boost the country’s economy and showcase its viability to the world.
The Group Managing Director added that in furtherance of rendering best service to Nigerians, NNPC retail stations were the first to comply with the petroleum products pump price review as announced by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).
Okoye confirmed that NNPC filling stations nationwide had adjusted pump price immediately the directive was given and that Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was being sold in their over 600 retail outlets at N123.0 to N125 per litre as ordered.
“Last week, the PPPRA announced the new pump price range of ₦123.50 to ₦125 for the month of April 2020. What this means is that all stations in Nigeria cannot sell below ₦123.50 and cannot sell above ₦125 per litre for the month of April 2020. NNPC Retail Ltd. is fully complying with the PPPRA directive as we are neither selling below ₦123.50 nor selling above ₦125 per litre in all NNPC Retail’s stations nationwide”, he said.
Okoye assured Nigerians of the corporation’s commitment towards delivery of world-class service through ensuring that its retail stations offered best price, great product quality and assured meter integrity, and urged customers to take advantage of feedback platforms to report erring dealers to management.
“We call on customers to always use any of the company’s feedback mechanisms well displayed at all its retail outlets to report any sharp practice, and we assure you that management would not fail to sanction erring dealers”.