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In a proactive step to discourage petroleum products consumers from hoarding products as the festive season approaches, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has warned consumers across the country to desist from hoarding and mishandling of the products as dry season sets in.

NNPC gave the warning in a statement signed by the Corporation’s spokesman, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that experience had shown that at this time of the year, commuters stock petroleum products at home or moved about with them in their vehicle boots, thereby exposing themselves and others to serious dangers.

Recalling a recent fire incident involving a car laden with fuel that went up in flames while in motion at Umuode community, Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State; Ughamadu said that the incident showed the danger of transporting inflammable petroleum products in vehicle not made for such purpose.

He also advised communities hosting NNPC facilities to desist from taping products from NNPC pipelines or engaging in activities that might lead to spill of petroleum products.

He said, “Individuals involved in such an act may suffer untold casualties,”.

He encouraged communities in NNPC’s areas of operations to report suspicious movements around the corporation’s facilities to the law enforcement agencies.

He noted that observing basic safety rule of keeping away from areas where inflammable petroleum products’ spills had occurred could save lives and property.

Meanwhile, the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, has assured motorists and other consumers of petroleum products of availability of white products for their comfort as the yuletide draws near.

Baru explained that NNPC has 37 days fuel sufficiency adding that strategies had been put in place to ensure that Nigerians experience a hitch-free festive period.

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