Investigation: Corrupt Practices At NNPC Stations Compound Fuel Scarcity

Many corrupt practices at retail outlets of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPCL) Limited have continued to compound the fuel scarcity that has hit the country for several months, investigation by Daily Trust on Sunday reveals.

These corrupt practices, according to findings and observations in states like Kano, Jigawa, Benue, Kogi, Gombe and others, include, but not limited to bribery, touting, diversion of the product to black marketers as well as dispensing with few pumps to increase queues which discourage motorists from waiting to buy at the approved price.

Despite the acquisition of Oando’s OVH Energy, a move aimed at growing the portfolio of the NNPC and the rebranding of Oando’s stations that followed, motorists said they had not felt the impact of the increase in the company’s retail stations.

But NNPC officials in Abuja told Daily Trust on Sunday yesterday that the essence of having many official filling stations across the country was to mitigate the effects of gradual deregulation of the oil sector on the poor.

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One of the officials said that while the NNPC, with great pain, would continue to supply the products to its outlets and others; community leaders, security operatives and citizens must work together to tackle shady deals and make the product accessible to all.

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