The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has apologised to Nigerians for the over three months of pain caused by the nationwide fuel scarcity.
The Group CEO, NNPCL, Mele Kyari, who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s special election programme The 2023 Verdict on Tuesday, February 7, assured the public that the “glitch” will be resolved to everyone’s relief.
“I apologise for the situation. On behalf of all of us, the stakeholders in the oil and gas industry. Definitely, not surely exclusive. Having said this, it is unfortunate. It’s a glitch – we are responsible to [resolve] this glitch. We will resolve this,” he said.
Asked to specify when Nigerians will begin to see a turnaround, Kyari expressed a strong belief that the relief will be felt “within the next week.”
“I’m not saying that you’re going to have zero queues within the next week,” he added. “No, I can’t guarantee that because a number of things are out of our control.”
The NNPC boss explained that market forces will determine how quickly the situation is resolved, but in his view, the country is going to see substantial and relative ease in the next week compared to the situation at present.
He gave an assurance that the NNPC will bring succour and relief to the Nigerian people, saying no one orchestrated the fuel scarcity.
“We have no benefit in doing this. We are families. We are members and part of this community. We are very proud of this country.
“We would like this country to prosper. We don’t want Nigerians to suffer and of course, as a matter of condition, we don’t think that anyone should go through this thing,” he said.
According to Kyari, the NNPC has been on top of the situation and the way to bring the crisis under control is by increasing supply from 63 million litres per day as of January.
“We know that the solution is excess supply. Once we are able to do excess supply across the country, across locations, you are going to resolve this issue, which is exactly what we’re doing now,” he said.
“We’re ramping up evacuation today. On a daily basis, we are doing more than 70 million litres into the market against the regular evacuation of up to 63-64 million litres.
“This will work and we believe that the ease that we’re seeing in many locations today – I don’t want to cite specific locations but I know that we’re seeing ease across the country. This is easing up.”