The Pipeline and Products Marketing Company under the leadership of Haruna Momoh has revamped a number of oil depots in the Niger Delta as part of efforts to ensure stable petroleum products supply across the country.
The Niger Delta Youths for National Change, in a statement on Wednesday, commended the initiative because of its economic implications to the region and lauded PPMC for rehabilitating the Benin Depot in Edo State.
The President of the NDYNC, Mr. Sufuyanu Ikharo, said it was good that the Warri, Aba and Calabar depots had all been upgraded from analogue to digital loading meters by the PPMC.
He said Momoh had demonstrated commendable leadership by ensuring that oil depots in the country were repaired.
Ikharo explained that some of the depots had been moribund since the past seven years, a situation that had threatened the economy and made life difficult for the populace, “especially residents of Benin and its neighboring communities.
He said, “We take special notice that the Port Harcourt- Aba, Warri-Benin and Jos-Gombe pipeline networks have been repaired to perform the functions for which they were built.
“The PPMC has also seen to the rehabilitation of the moribund depots in Gombe, Makurdi, Enugu, Minna and the one in Aba, which has been out of service for over 10 years.
“The Warri, Aba and Calabar depots have all been upgraded from analogue to digital loading meters, while the Liquefied Petroleum Gas butanisation plants at Ibadan, Kano, Gusau, Enugu and Gombe have all been inaugurated under the current PPMC leadership.”
Ikharo said there was need for Nigerians to recognise excellence and performance just as it was also vital to criticise and condemn when people in privileged positions failed to live up to expectation in their positions.
“We also understand that the PPMC has tackled the notorious System 2b Pipeline, stretching from Atlas Cove in Lagos to Ilorin in Kwara State. It is only a focused leadership that can achieve these feats in so short a time,’’ he said.
The NDYNC president recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan had recently cited the PPMC for outstanding performance, saying that the downstream sub-sector had witnessed stable supply of petroleum products as well as efficient administration of the subsidy programme at reduced costs.
Ikharo, who attributed this to the activities of PPMC among other factors, urged the NNPC subsidiary not to rest on its oars in ensuring stable petroleum products supply in the country.
Information from Punch was used in this report.