Niger depot fire: NNPC allay fears over fuel scarcity

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has allayed fears that the fire incident which occurred at one of  its depot in Niger State on Sunday,  will  result to scarcity of the product.

In a bid to discourage a possible outcome of  panic buying, the Managing Director of Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company, Mr Luke Anele, on Monday assured residents in Niger State and environs that the fire at Pogo Village in Paikoro Local Government area will not affect supply of petroleum products.

Residents had thronged the deport to scoop from a  pipeline which exploded following a  lightening during a  downpour on Saturday night.

The Niger Police, had  deployed armed personnel to prevent people from scooping  the petroleum products at the NNPC pipeline that exploded in Paikoro Local Government area of the state.

Anele who spoke to journalists in Minna on Monday, said that there was no cause for alarm, adding that the situation had been brought under control.

The  Managing Director of Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company said that the NNPC, would in the interim, embark on evacuation of the spills to ensure the safety of the environment.

He said  NNPC has commenced an spot assessment to ascertain the level of damage caused by the explosion.

Anele who did not rule out the possibility of failure in the system,  dispelled the rumour going the rounds that the problem was caused by lack of maintenance.

He assured that the company would continue to ensure constant checks of the facility to forestall such incident.

“Though no life was lost in the incident, we will soon commence the rehabilitation of the tank that was gutted by fire to put it back to use,”  he said.

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