The move by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) to expand its network of retail stations across the country has been applauded by stakeholders and users of petroleum products. Some stakeholders and petroleum products consumers in Port Harcourt who spoke with The Tide recently described the move as a means of ending the problems of incessant fuel scarcity across the country.
A stakeholder in the oil and gas industry, Comrade Ali Nyorbana who spoke with The Tide in an interview, commended the NNPC for the move and urged the corporation to implement the policy without delay.
“The move by NNPC to expand its retail outlets across the nation is a welcome development. Although the decision is a little belated, it is a move that will alleviate the plight of Nigerians who have been yoked under fuel scarcity. Nigerian are desirous to see practical measures of addressing the issue of fuel scarcity”.
A motorist Elder Peter Lambert, who spoke with The Tide also lauded the move by NNPC to expand its retail outlets. “The expansion of the retail outlets across the country is good. The NNPC outlets in Port Harcourt and its metropolis are not enough to serve the consumption needs of the people. Most people like to buy petroleum products from NNPC outlets because of their maintenance of pump price charge. But you always see long queues at the NNPC outlets because of people scrambling to buy. I think, the long queues will be over, and fuel scarcity will reduce if the outlets are expanded across the country.
Another motorists, Mr Joe Udofia, described the move as “a practical solution to fuel scarcity”.
He added that, “NNPC should make sure that all major cities in Nigeria and their surburbs have as many outlets as possible, stressing that this will go a long way to serve the people better and end fuel scarcity as Nigerians have suffered a lot, we need a practical solution to this lingering issue of fuel scarcity.