The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) called on petroleum tanker drivers to put off their planned strike in the interest of Nigerians on Sunday in Abuja.
"The strike is against the state of highways utilized for the distribution of goods and services, particularly petroleum products, in various parts of Nigeria."
"While the NNPC is not responsible for the construction or rehabilitation of roads, any disruption in the distribution of petroleum products will have a negative impact on the company's business."
"It will also jeopardize the country's energy security, which it has enjoyed for a long time," said NNPC spokesman Garbadeen Muhammad in a statement.
According to him, the NNPC has begun a process to find a speedy and effective solution to the country's road network difficulties, in addition to ongoing efforts by other government agencies.
He observed that, having identified a lack of cash as the primary impediment to road restoration, the NNPC has expressed interest in investing in the reconstruction of a number of Federal roads.
The Federal Government's Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme, he stated, would be used for this.
"Through its Future Tax Liability, the NNPC's action aims to make significant cash available for road restoration."
"NNPC, as a responsible corporate body, recognizes the tanker drivers' legitimate concerns." However, we urge the drivers' leadership to reconsider their choice in the national interest.
"As a result, we urge petroleum tanker drivers to call off their strike immediately and allow the government and its authorities an opportunity to resolve the issues in the best interests of everybody."
"We also want to strongly advise Nigerians not to panic buy petroleum goods since the NNPC has enough stock to endure through the festive season and beyond," Muhammad said.
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