Presidency directs Kachikwu to end fuel scarcity

Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu

The Presidency has directed Petroleum Resources Minister of State, Ibe Kachikwu, to end the growing scarcity of petrol nationwide before Monday, next week.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo issued the directive during the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known to the State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the council.

Mohammed also said Kachikwu promised that his team would work assiduously to put paid to the lingering fuel crisis with the assurance to the council that there is nothing to worry about.

He said, “No, the government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of petrol.

“Two, the minister assured the council that we have enough products till the next one month even till the end of January.

“Thirdly, this is winter period. There is always more demand for refined petroleum products during winter period in the colder countries. This is what we are experiencing now.

“Also, it has been the NNPC that has been importing, but he has assured [of adequate supply]. The council gave him a matching order that this fuel scarcity should not last beyond this weekend and they are going to work very hard to ensure that it is curtailed. He assured council that there is actually no cause for alarm.”

The petrol shortage has spread nationwide, leading to queue of vehicles at filling stations.

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