Nigerian government ordersKachikwu to end fuel scarcitybefore weekend

The Federal Executive Council, has mandated the Minister

of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, and Maikanti Baru,

Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National

Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to end the fuel queues

across the country by the end of this week.

The directive was issued at the FEC meeting which had in

attendance, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and

Ministers of Information, Lai Mohammed.

The meeting was presided by Vice President, Yemi

Osinbajo in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari

who is in Kano on a working visit.

The minister of Information,Lai Mohammed, said contrary

to speculation, the government had no intention today or

in the near future to hike fuel price in the country.

He said, “The minister of petroleum was suppose to join

us but he has to attend a very important meeting so that

this crisis would be resolved.

“No. The government has no intention at all that to

increase the pump price of PMS. 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 products for petroleum during winter

period in the colder countries, this is what we are

experiencing now.

“Also that it has been the NNPC that has been importing

but he has assured. 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.”

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