Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, The Minister of State for Petroleum, has reassured Nigerians that the ongoing nationwide fuel scarcity would end next week. It must be noted that, this is the third time the minister would be making such promise.
Kachikwu speaking at the State House after the Federal Executive Committee (FEC) meeting, said the queues were expected to completely disappear by the end of next week.
He said, “The queues are as a result of sabotage. Some people rather than sell products send them into hinterlands where they can sell at ridiculous prices and so you are having this price distortions where people are making a lot of money, some are internal and some are external but a lot of it is marketers trying to make quick returns on their investments wrongly”.
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He also added that, “We have asked Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to deploy officials to ensure products are sold at the right because is only through price stabilization that these system queues will disappear”.
He went further to say that, “As at today, we are delivering about 1,200 trucks, by weekend we should be delivering same number of trucks, it will take a bit of days to even out but you can see improvement already. I hope by the end of next week with the refineries helping us to stay on course, every part of the country will get fuels”.
“We thank President, NNPC staff and ministries who work night and day to enforce discipline. We thank Nigerians for their unbelievable level of patience, we are solving problem we met on ground and trying to find long term solution to it and urge Nigerians to report sabotage, where people are selling product on higher price because we all need to work collectively to make this thing go for good”, he said.