Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, have met with some major petroleum marketers over the issue of fuel scarcity in the country.
Dr Kachikwu said in a tweet that Monday’s meeting, which was ‘productive and collaborative’, was convened as part of efforts by the Federal Government to frontally provide the much-needed solutions to the lingering fuel availability challenges across the country.
The minister said that the government was very much aware of the difficulty Nigerians go through to get the scarce product but that it would soon be a thing of the past.
He informed the people that the government has mandated the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other relevant agencies to ensure the states are flooded with the product.
“Whilst empathising with Nigerians for the needless pain and suffering that the current situation has sprung up, we expect that the fuel availability challenges evidenced by long queues will be completely eliminated, soonest.
“We are leaving no stone unturned as we continue to monitor the current fuel situation and collaboratively work with the NNPC and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to assiduously execute already communicated ministerial directives to maximally flood the market with products,” Kachikwu said.
He further thanked Nigerians for their understanding and support for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that measures are being put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of such incident.
He said: “The bigger picture is to ensure that a repeat of the current challenge is never again experienced; I thank every Nigerian for the support even in the face of challenges. God bless you and I respectfully wish you a splendid holiday and celebration.”