The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday waded into the current fuel scarcity as it gave 48 hours altimatum to the stakeholders in the oil sector within which to end the scarcity.
Briefing news men in Abuja shortly after a meeting with the stakeholders by the leadership of the nation’s secret police on the ugly development, DSS spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunnaya said that the Service decided to wade into the development in national interest as the service would not fold Its arms to allow some individuals or group of persons to distabilise the country through hooding of fuel.
He said that during the meeting, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC)Limited disclosed that it had about 1.9bn litres of PmS in stock which would.last for the period of yuletide and long after.
He disclosed that after the expiration of the altimatum, the Department would commerce nationwide operation to ensure that the products are made available no matter whose horse is gored. The Department vowed it would no longer be business as usual.
According to him, “it is the mandate of the Service to detect and prevent threat to national security, this is why the Service has to summon the stakeholders meeting in the oil and gas sector to find a lasting solution to the probem before it snowball to crisis
“The stakeholders at the meeting included NNPC Limited, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), depot operators and National Association of Transport Owners, (NATO), among others.
“There is an agreement that marketers will be operating for 24hrs on daily basis and that tankers owners said all hands will be on deck to ensure lifting of the products.
“IPMAN has also committed itself to ensure that the product is available for 24hrs daily.
“The NNPC Ltd disclosed that it has over 1.9bn litres of PMS in stock and also agreed to sell the products at offical ex- depot price to all oil marketers nationwide
“For we at the DSS, we agreed to provide adequate security for fuel distribution.
“Therefore, we insisted that the fuel distribution must improve and all challenges eliminated in 48hrs, and after 48hrs, we will as a matter of urgency carry out operations across the country. And in doing this, we won’t mind whose oars is gored.
“We are sounding a note of warning that it won’t be business as usual. We have set our commands and platform nationwide on high alert and they are to get information on any element who want to obstruct these efforts
“We are also advising the members of the public not to capitalize on the fuel scarcity to take laws into their hands as the Service will deal ruthlessly with individual or groups trying to obstruct even distribution of the products.”