In spite of the recent claim by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru that the reactivation of some of the NNPC’s depots across the country, particularly Mosimi in Ogun State and the Kano depot, had reduced the gridlock on the highways, the reverse is the case in Apapa, Lagos, as the influx of tankers from all parts of the country and the bad state of the roads have worsened the traffic situation recently, ThisDay reports.

The horrendous traffic situation in Apapa was aggravated by the inability of NNPC to pump imported products from the Atlas Cove depot in Lagos to Ejigbo depot also in Lagos and Mosimi depot in Ogun State, Ibadan depot, Ore depot in Ondo State and Ilorin depot – all of which make up NNPC’s System 2B Network that accounts for 60% of petrol supply and distribution in the country.

Investigation also revealed that the re-commissioned Mosimi depot was loading out only 40 tankers daily during the weekend, as against the normal truck-out of over 200 tankers before the pipelines that fed the facility with products were vandalised at the Arepo axis. However, NNPC spokesman, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu said at the weekend that the important thing was that the “train has left the station”, as the corporation had started rehabilitating the depots as a result of reduced vandalism.