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Listen to article The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says  it has fully restored the Ije-ododo pipeline to normalcy adding that pumping of petrol has resumed to depots and tank farms in the system 2B, spanning from Atlas-Cove to Ilorin.

This was disclosed by the Corporation's Acting spokesman, Mr. Fidel Pepple in a statement yesterday.

Pepple assured that with the restoration of the Ije-ododo pipeline and the NNPC system 2B pipeline, normalcy has been restored in the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the length and breadth of the country.

'I can affirm to you that our engineers from the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Limited, (PPMC), have finally fixed the Ije-Ododo pipeline that was ruptured last Monday by activities of pipeline vandals. Going forward, the good news for Nigerians is that we have resumed pumping of petroleum products through the pipeline and system 2B is equally working after the restoration of the pipeline,' he said.

While describing media reports that fuel scarcity may last beyond the new year as mischievous, Pepple stated that the recent fuel queues were basically due to the activities of pipeline vandals and the closure of a number of filling stations due to the Christmas holidays and not as a result of shortage of petroleum products.

The NNPC Spokesman revealed that the Corporation has product sufficiency that can sustain the country for more than a month stressing that concerted efforts by the NNPC to wet every part of the country with petrol before and after the New Year, is continuous and will be sustained.

He called on marketers to avoid the nefarious diversion of petroleum products to black marketers adding that stringent punitive actions would be meted out to those found wanting. He enjoined marketers of petroleum products to team up with the NNPC to ensure sustained supply and distribution of petroleum products into the New Year.

He also urged motorists to desist from panic buying stressing that there was no truth in the on-going rumours that there will be an increase in the pump price of fuel in January 2013, saying that the federal government has made budgetary provision for fuel subsidy in the 2013 budget which was recently passed by the National Assembly.