The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has again promised that the lingering fuel scarcity across the country will end by next week.
The Minister had previously assured that fuel queues at filling stations would disappear between April 6 and 7; but the situation has seemed to be insurmountable as there is no indication that the fuel crisis is near end.
He gave the new assurance on Wednesday, April 20, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, every part of the country will be adequately supplied with fuel by next week.
Kachikwu said that his ministry solving the problems inherited from the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
He said: “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.”
He noted the scarcity is caused by saboteurs who “rather than sell products send them into inter lands where they can sell at ridiculous prices. Therefore you are having these price distortions where people are making a lot of money.
“Some are internal and some are external, but the truth is that the marketers trying to make quick returns on their investments wrongly,” he said.
To ensure the hike in pump price is stopped, Kachikwu said the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has been asked to deploy officials, noting that it is only through price stabilization that the queues will disappear.
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