Fuel Scarcity: NNPC to build 109 new mega-stations across Nigeria

In a deft move designed to ensure efficient distribution and
country-wide penetration of petroleum products, the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has commenced
nationwide consultation with stakeholders aimed at drumming
support for the planned expansion of its retail outlets across the
country.
Under the expansion plan, NNPC is seeking to expand the market
share of its retail business to an appreciable level from the current
12 per cent by building a mega station in every Senatorial district in
the country in the months ahead.
Speaking during the flag-off of consultation during the week with a
visit to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, the Group
Executive Director, Commercial and Investment, Babatunde
Adeniran, who led the NNPC delegation said the purpose of the
visit was to solicit for the support of Kaduna State Government to
provide lands for building new NNPC petrol stations in the state.
“Our mission is to build three mega stations, one each in the three
senatorial districts of the state. We need about five thousand
square meters for each of the station. Each station will have six
pumps including that of Liquefied Petroleum Gas which is cooking
gas,” the GED said.
Governor El-Rufai who was visibly elated expressed gratitude to
NNPC management for deciding to flag-off the outlets expansion
programme in Kaduna Sate, adding: “Any time NNPC comes
visiting, it comes with good news”.
The governor who gave express approval for lands to be made
available to NNPC for the mega stations said: “I want to assure you
that we will give you all the support that you need. The State
Director of Lands will take the NNPC project team round the state
to look at alternative sites. I don’t know how many you are
building, we can give you as many as ten sites if you want”.
He stated that the supply of petroleum products was a key
requirement for the prosperity of the country, adding that he was
happy that NNPC was ready to invest heavily in the retail business
to ensure that Nigerians are not exploited by private sector
marketers.
He pledged the support of the state government to the success of
the NNPC in general and the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical
Company (KRPC) in particular.
Speaking in similar vein during the consultative visit to Kano State,
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje described NNPC as an indispensable
business ally for socio-economic growth of Kano State and the
country at large.
“Indeed, collaborating with the NNPC is indispensable if we are to
achieve socio-economic development of the State. Kano State
being the largest in terms of population and also the commercial
nerve centre of the North, there is no better organization to have
an alliance with than the NNPC,” Gov. Ganduje said.
He said he has already directed the Commissioner of Lands to
work with the NNPC project team in selecting sites that meet the
commercial requirement of the new filling stations in all the
senatorial districts of the state.
“We know the philosophy behind establishing such retail stations.
Considering that you are the custodians of crude oil and
petroleum products in the country, one may wonder why you
are into retail business. But those of us in governance understand
the situation because if you leave everything to the marketers,
then the problem of control especially of the price and availability
will become difficult”, Gov. Ganduje enthused, adding that NNPC
mega stations have integrity and do not require any enforcement
for compliance on approved prices of petroleum products.
In a related development, the Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru
Abubakar, has pledged support for the NNPC retail outlet
expansion project.
Gov. Abubakar who spoke when he received the NNPC delegation
for a consultative meeting on the retail expansion project said he
has directed the Ministry of Lands to provide alternative sites that
meet the stipulated requirements for NNPC to choose from.
Dr. Adeniran expressed gratitude to the governors for their
unwavering support for the aspirations and success of the
Corporation.

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