By Temitope Akintoye,
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has demanded that petroleum tankers should be allowed to move products across nation so as not to raise unnecessary panic buying particularly in Lagos and other states where 14-day lock down is expected to take effect, with a level of enforcement.
Besides, the corporation disclosed that it has made available 2.6 billion litres of petroleum which it said should be enough to last the lock down said period and that Nigerians should not go into unnecessary panic buying.
It said that restricting fuel tankers movement during the isolation period could place unnecessary pressure on Nigerians such create tension across the nation.
Through a statement released on Tuesday by regulatory body’s Group Public affairs General Manager, Kennie Obateru, NNPC indicated that presidency lock down order listed petroleum services’ companies and operators as part of those whose restriction were exempted and that they were allow to continue with their activities in Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where 14-day isolation were expected to take effect.
The corporation appealed to law enforcement agencies across the country to allow petroleum products tankers’ drivers free movement during the lock down since exemption granted by President Muhammadu Buhari to certain categories of offices and workers covers that of operations of petroleum products tanker drivers as well.
It said: “Federal Government counts on the support of the law enforcement agencies across the country to ensure smooth distribution of petroleum products across the nook and cranny of the country during the period of the restriction”.
” NNPC holds over 2.6 billion litres of petrol enough to last the period of the lock down and beyond and motorists should not engage in panic buying”.