The Association of Distributors and Transporters of Petroleum Products, ADTOP, has commended the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, for “uninterrupted supply” of Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, popularly known as diesel, to its members across the country.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that many states have imposed movement restrictions on the people as a measure to check the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic across the country.
However, some essential services such as the movement of food items, petrol, medical gears and consumables, among others, were exempted from the restriction order.
Addressing newsmen in Kano on Sunday, the Zonal Chairman of the association, Bashir Dan-Mallam, disclosed that the NNPC’s support “greatly enhanced the smooth distribution of petroleum products during the lockdown period across the country”.
He said: “The leadership of ADTOP wishes to commend the management of NNPC/PPMC for supporting the association with diesel to ensure an adequate supply of fuel nationwide during the period of lockdown.
“This is a clear indication that the NNPC is committed to ensuring that Nigerians do not experience fuel scarcity during the lockdown as being insinuated in some quarters,” Mr Dan-Mallam added.
The chairman also commended the Managing Director of Pipeline and Product Marketing Company, PPMC, Musa Lawal, for his effort towards ensuring that Kano and Gombe states, like other NNPC depots, are fully operational during the lockdown.
He, therefore, assured Nigerians that the association would continue to collaborate with the management of the NNPC, PPMC and IPMAN with a view to ensuring steady supply and distribution of the products during the lockdown period and beyond.
He, however, called on all the petroleum tanker owners to direct their drivers to adopt Coronavirus preventive measures as outlined by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of the virus.
“They must procure hand sanitizers, face mask, and soaps for their drivers. The drivers too must imbibe the culture of regular hand washing while at work or home,” the chairman said.