Fuel scarcity: INEC plans partnership with oil markets

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it will not rely on the fuel supplied by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited for the movement of its personnel and materials ahead of the general elections.

The commission had expressed worry over the lingering fuel crisis in the country, noting that the scarcity might affect the movement of election materials and election personnel.

However, in a bid to overcome the perennial challenge of the late commencement of the elections, it met with the leadership of the NNPCL.

The INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, pleaded with the NNPCL to consider arrangements with other marketers in locations where it might not have dedicated stations ahead of the polls.

The Chief Executive Officer, NNPCL, Mele Kyari, said the corporation was always conscious of the need to provide support to INEC, adding that it was ready to work with INEC’s logistics team to resolve any issues ahead of the forthcoming election.

However, speaking with our correspondent on Friday, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said despite Kyari’s assurance to make fuel available for its vehicles for the elections, the commission would not completely rely on the NNPCL.

Oyekanmi noted that the commission would make arrangements with marketers as plan B.

He said, “We are not going to rely 100 per cent on the NNPCL mega stations because they are not in all the 774 LGAs. Where the mega stations are not available, arrangements will be made with the marketers there for uninterrupted supply of the products we need.

“However, a collaboration with the NNPCL will make things much easier for INEC.”


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