Uche Usim, Abuja
As the Federal Government plans to launch cheaper fuels to ensure the success of its full deregulation regime, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday said it would support aggressive activation of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refill stations for motorists across the country.
Speaking on TVC Business Show, Business Nigeria Live, Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr Mele Kyari, affirmed that the national oil company has already keyed into the gas penetration agenda as championed by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva. He said as an energy company with focus on cleaner and cheaper sources of fuel, the Corporation would continue to work with other stakeholders in the industry to provide viable alternatives to petrol which would ultimately lead to reduction in demand for the product and eventual reduction in price.
The NNPC GMD reiterated its commitment towards openness and greater transparency in its operations, noting that in the months ahead the Corporation would make public its 2019 Audited Financial Statements, sequel to the 2018 AFS released in June. Kyari also shed more light on the status of the nation’s refineries, noting that the plants were deliberately shut down to allow for a robust diagnosis of the issues which have overtime made it impossible for the facilities to operate up to their name plate capacity.