The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has commended the management of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for ensuring adequate distribution of Petroleum products across the country in the last 7days of the lockdown in some states to curtail the spread of the novel corona virus.
A statement signed by its President, Comrade Solomon Adodo stated that the council set up a monitoring team to assess the situation following the assurance by NNPC of availability of products.
“The National Youth Council of Nigeria is pleased to present her report on the monitoring of the distribution of petroleum products since the commencement of the lockdown and herein express total commendation for the efforts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which has ensured steady supply and availability of petroleum products across the country.
“We recall that days before the lockdown of some States, a vast number of Nigerians had embarked on a binge of panic buying of petroleum products despite the advise from the NNPC. This development necessitated our Team to embark on an independent nationwide exercise to monitor the availability and distribution of petroleum products. From results of our field surveys across the country we can boldly say that the panic buying was needless. The NNPC has kept to its word in ensuring constant and efficient availability of petroleum products at recommended prices despite the bottlenecks occasioned by the lockdown.
“In times of adversity and challenges as this, the true mettle of leadership is tested and we can boldly attest to the fact that the Group Managing Director of NNPC – Mr. Mele Kyari – has provided the needed leadership in effectively coordinating the stakeholders in the downstream to deliver petroleum products to Nigerians. But for the strategic planning and efforts of the NNPC, Nigerians would have been subjected to compounded hardships in searching for petroleum products with other attendant crisis thrown up.
“We therefore use this medium to reassure all Nigerians that there is no need for panic buying or hoarding of petroleum products on account of the fact that the NNPC has more than sufficient petroleum products in thousands of retail outlets across the country and there are still more products stored up in the depots. The multipronged partnerships NNPC has initiated with the State governments, NUPENG, PTD, etc will ensure continuous flow of products even after the lockdown. Our interactions with Managers of petrol stations revealed that they had sufficient supply to meet any amount of demands by Nigerians.
“The reality on ground tells us beyond words that; We are in a new Era of excellence and efficiency. We must therefore avoid panic buying of petroleum products. It is therefore imperative that we give institutions of government such as the NNPC the needed support to do even more”, the statement added.