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Pipeline vandalisation, the reason for Kerosene scarcity - NNPC

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has revealed that diversion and pipeline vandalism were among reasons why kerosene was not readily available for domestic consumption.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Andrew Yakubu, said this at the Investigative Public Hearing on Supply, Distribution, Expenditure and Subsidy on Kerosene at the National Assembly on Tuesday in Abuja.

He added that the use of the product for road construction was another reason for its scarcity.
He stressed that the product was constantly being diverted to neighbouring countries for industrial use, as aviation fuel and sharp practises by middlemen.

He further emphasized that until a number of competing demands for kerosene were addressed, its scarcity would continue to recur every now and then.

“The way out is for this committee to collaborate with the NNPC to encourage the sale of liquefied petroleum gas otherwise known as cooking gas.

“The NNPC has stepped up the supply of LPG from 65,000 metric tonnes in 2011 to 250,000 metric tonnes in 2013”, he said.

Yakubu said the target was to increase the consumption of the product to 500,000 metric tonnes by the end of 2014.

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