Fuel depots are now loading effortlessly following the repair of 25million litre tanks at the Ejigbo Satellite depot of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Prior to this period, marketers were experiencing hitches loading their trucks as those tanks were not in good shape and unable to meet demands from the depot.
However, the story changed two months ago when NNPC concluded the repair of the tanks, as part of efforts to fix the 20 depots of the Corporation in the country.
Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Chairman, Ejigbo Depot, Mr. Alanamu Balogun, said repair of the 25 million litre tank was a good omen for the depot as marketers resume loading seamlessly there.
According to him, the depot is getting supplies from Atlas Cove regularly now following repair of the tank.
Balogun said: “During the period the tank was faulty, the depot was loading 60 trucks to 70 trucks daily, as there was not enough storage facilities to accommodate fuel in the depot. Now, the depot can comfortably load 100 trucks in a day. Currently, more than 100 trucks are being loaded daily.
“The repair of the 25milllion litre tank is aiding supply of fuel to areas such as Suleja, Ore, Ilorin and other parts of the country. Now, scarcity of fuel is no longer prevalent in the South-Western states as the depot has taken care of that area.”
On the issue of kerosene, he said the depot lacked capacity to supply the depot as it does not have functioning kerosene tank on ground now.
“The petrol and diesel tanks are working well now. There are no cases of leakages from the tanks as NNPC has taken up the responsibility of repairing the tanks,” he added.
He urged the Federal Government not to relent in its efforts to improve infrastructure in the oil and gas industry, adding that efforts to strengthen the downstream sub-sector of the oil industry would help in ensuring adequate supply of fuel in the country.
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