FEC directs Kachikwu, Baru to ensure end of fuel scarcity by weekend/
The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has ordered the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, and the Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu to ensure that the current fuel scarcity in parts of the country do not last beyond weekend.
 
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting in Abuja.
 
Long queues have in the last few days resurfaced at various petrol stations in Abuja and Lagos, leaving most motorists and commuters stranded.
 
Mohammed 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.”
 
He said Kachikwu was initially scheduled to join him at the briefing but could not do so because he needed to attend an important meeting as part of efforts aimed at resolving the crisis. The government spokesman stated that his Petroleum Resources counterpart assured the FEC that there was no cause for alarm. 
 
He explained that Kachikwu told FEC that there is enough fuel in the country to last till January 2018, and that there was no plan by the government to increase the pump price of premium motor spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol.
 
Meanwhile, during the day's FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the establishment of six new private universities in the country was approved. This was disclosed to State House correspondents by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.
 


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