The Nigerian National petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has called on Nigerians to join every effort to ensure all illegal fuel stations in the country were exposed.
Dr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of NNPC made call while on continuous monitoring of fuel station on Thursday in Abuja.
He attributed the major cause of the scarcity to product diversion and hoarding by some markers.
Source report the team visited about four illegal fuel stations in Bassan and Sango villages, outskirts in Abuja and dispense petrol free to motorists in the territory.
Two of the stations could be identified as mcmanakai Global service, Enesi oil PLC, while the other two were nameless.
“NNPC has been saying that there are lots of diversions and hoarding of products, such structures are being used as places for this diversion and hoarding.
“We in our record indicate that we have several days’ sufficiency but most of these products have been diverted by marketers and have been kept into these kinds of illegal storages.
“So, they are not made available to the public and the important thing is that we have to make this places open and the product sold to the public, ” he said
Baru insisted that all illegal structures in the country must be fished out to avoid a repeat of scarcity in the country.
“We have to stop this illegal structures and diversion from taking place.
“As indicated earlier by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and Department of Petroleum Resources, we want to trace back who and who is supplying these products.
“On our own side as NNPC, through the War room, we are doing daily monitoring of every truck that moves and we are going to give sanctions to erring marketers that are found diverted products or the trucks have not shown to turn in places they have been loaded to.
“This we are going to effect immediately,” he said
The GMD further noted that through the War room it had identified some diversion adding that appropriate measure had been taken on it. He noted that If the diversions were abated, the queues would disappears. This, he said would also help trucks to take products to correct locations.
He reassured the public that NNPC would continue to work hard to ensure normalcy in the sector.