Mr Justin Ezeala, Executive Director, Supply and Distribution, Nigeria Products and Marketing Company (NPMC) , said seven million litres of petrol were available for evacuation at the Kaduna refinery.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja that authorities of the refinery announced availability of the product earlier in the day.
Ezela said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was doing everything possible to ensure constant availability of petrol in the country.
He stated that NNPC would use the volume of the product from Kaduna to build strategic reserve for the country.
“The good thing now is that the three refineries are working; as at this morning, Kaduna refinery declared over seven million litres for us to evacuate.
“So, it is looking very good; we are going to use the additional volume to build strategic reserve for the country,’’ he said.
Ezeala said that the country had more than enough cargoes of petrol to meet the demands of the people, adding that NNPC had introduced strategies and innovation that would end the lingering scarcity of the product across the country.
“We segmented the country into different groups and we have identified depots for different groups to make sure that every part of the country receives what is enough for its motoring needs.
“We think that the scarcity will be a thing of the past and that Nigerians should work with us.
“We will continue to thank all of you in the press and public who have given us useful advice that was used to basically take care of the situation.
“But, the message to Nigerians is that we have more than enough sufficient cargoes going into the future, and people shouldn’t do panic-buying at any point in time,’’ he said .
The director disclosed that in April, NNPC exceeded its one-day-one-cargo plan and pushed out no fewer than 39 cargoes.
He said that the NNPC intended to sustain such tempo in May, adding that the corporation planned to deliver products more than Nigerian needed.
He assured that with other allocations from marketers, there would continue to be sufficient products in the country, adding that it was expected that the country would be awash with petrol.