Daily Trust (Abuja)

20 December 2012

Nigeria: NNPC Devises Strategy to Sell Kerosene At N50 Per Litre

The Manager of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega station along Olusegun Obasanjo Way in Abuja, Mr Steve Yohanna, has said that the corporation's management has devised a means of easing the suffering of the people who thronged the station daily to buy kerosene at N50 per litre.

He said cards are issued to customers indicating the days they are to come to purchase the product.

"We have a card that we issue to our customers; the card indicates the day and date during which they should come and buy kerosene to avoid unnecessary rush," he said.

Yohanna said that Mondays are earmarked for staff of the NNPC, Tuesdays for personnel of the army and civil defence, while Wednesdays are for civil servants and other members of the public.

He also said that the police personnel could buy kerosene on Thursdays, while officials of the FRSC, the Vehicle Inspection Office, the State Security Service (SSS) and others would be attended to on Fridays.

Yohanna said that Saturdays had been designated for officials of the Immigrations Service, the Prisons Service, the Customs Service, the Fire Service and workers of private sector organisations.

He said that the security officers at the station had been mandated to ensure that customers followed the schedule strictly to avoid confusion and long queues.

Meanwhile, some residents of the FCT have commended the mega station for selling kerosene at N50 per litre.

A cross-section of the residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja, also lauded the government for making the product available at the station.

"I am happy to buy kerosene at N50 per litre; I used to buy it at N200 per litre at the black market.

"The price (N200) is too much and most Nigerians cannot afford it," Mr Samuel Ako, one of the residents, said.

Ako, who described kerosene as an important and cheap source of cooking fuel, urged the government to ensure its availability at all times.

He also urged the NNPC to ensure that the citizens had unfettered access to kerosene, irrespective of where they lived.

Also speaking, Mrs Mary Musa, a housewife, commended the NNPC for making kerosene available, particularly before the Christmas period.

"I thank the management of NNPC mega station for the efforts made to ensure that the people are able to get kerosene at this critical period of the year.

"I am also pleased to note that kerosene is being sold at the approved price of N50 per litre.

"Although the stress in buying kerosene at the station is much; I will bear it because it is not easy to buy it at the black market price of N200 per litre," Musa said.

Mrs Maria Jimoh, who also commended the NNPC for making kerosene available and selling it at the approved price, however, criticised black market operators for selling it at exorbitant prices.

"Black marketeers selling kerosene should look for something else to do, instead of hoarding the product and making innocent Nigerians suffer unnecessarily," she said.

The manager of NNPC mega station, Yohanna, however promised that the station would always sell kerosene at N50 per litre.

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