5th July, 2011
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is set to begin the direct distribution of kerosene to households in the country. This will be through the use of ultra modern mobile fuel dispensing trucks which made their debut on the streets of Lagos over the weekend. in a test run exercise.
The project, currently being test-run, is operated by the corporationâ€™s downstream retail outfit, NNPC Retail Limited, in conjunction with Capital Oil and Gas Limited, an indigenous player in the nationâ€™s downstream petroleum products storage and distribution business. It is designed to provide lasting remedy to the prevailing artificially induced challenge in the distribution of household kerosene.
Speaking at the flag-off of the pilot scheme, Dr Levi Ajuonuma, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, stated that the exercise which is restricted to some streets in the Lagos area would provide an invaluable knowledge base for the NNPC to perfect any noticeable shortcomings in the programme before the eventual full deployment of the dispensing trucks.
â€œOur determination to arrest this artificial challenge in the distribution of kerosene to Nigerians is total. What we are doing here today is to guarantee that the product gets to the end user at the right time and correct price of N50 per litre, Dr. Ajuonuma stated.â€
Dr. Ajuonuma disclosed that the deployment of the mobile dispensing trucks is not just an adhoc exercise but a well thought out product distribution strategy by the NNPC Retail and Capital Oil, to complement the conventional method of selling kerosene at regular filling stations.
Under the arrangement NNPC Retail will provide the product while Capital Oil will make available the dispensing trucks. Each of the trucks has a capacity of 33,000 litres of kerosene. However, to ensure that profiteers do not exploit the situation, nobody would be allowed to buy more than 25 litres.
Also to reduce the risk involved in the cash transactions, customers are expected to come with a kerosene voucher which can be purchased at the nearest NNPC Retail Mega/Affiliate stations.
Chairman/CEO of Capital Oil, Ifeanyi Uba, disclosed that the company is deploying 200 trucks for the test-run while calling on members of the public to support the project which he described as Capital Oil’s response to the recent call by Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, for downstream players to devise innovative means of product distribution.