The minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu must ensure that the ongoing fuel scarcity in parts of Nigeria doesn’t continue beyond the weekend.
This demand was made as a marching order from the federal government to the minister during the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday.
According to Punch, the meeting was presided over by vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo as President Muhammadu Buhari was on a two-day visit to Kano.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed who is the minister of information and culture during a press briefing after the meeting said Kachikwu has been ordered to find a way to end the fuel scarcity.
The minister said Kachikwu assured that there was enough fuel to last Nigerians till the end of January and allayed the fears of Nigerians about whether the government was planning to increase prices of fuel.
He said: “One, the government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of PMS.
“Two, the minister (Kachikwu) 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 from petroleum during winter period in the colder countries, this is what we are experiencing now.
“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.”