Petroleum Minister Gives Ultimatum To NNPC Over Long Queue At Filling Stations In FCT
In a bid to put an end to the long queues being witnessed in almost all petrol stations in the Federal Capital, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu has given a three-day ultimatum to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure that the long queue become a thing of the past.
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The Minister gave the ultimatum in a global news conference aimed at enlightening newsmen on the forthcoming international oil and gas conference and exhibition which is titled the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit (NIPS).
The conference has been scheduled for February 18 till February 23. It is the belief of the minister that the conference would aid the growth of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry and boost its marketing strategies across the globe.
He, however, disclosed that the situation is becoming alarming as a result of the neglect of some matters which are sacrosanct to the petroleum sector in the country.
Quoting the minister, “I can tell you behind the scenes, a lot of meetings are taking place because the fuel queue issue is both logistics and policy issues.”
“We will need to address fundamental policy issues to enable it to go away especially in the area where the pricing is showing differentials between the landing and sales price.”
Kachikwu noted that President Muhammadu Buhari is not ignorant of the situation and that he also feel concerned for his citizens as he is doing his best to see that the issue of fuel scarcity and hike in the price of fuel is brought under control.
In his words, “The president is obviously very committed to keeping the price of petrol at where it is because he realizes and sympathizes with the sufferings of Nigerians.”
“I will hate for my colleagues to come and see the fuel queues so my directive to NNPC would be to get these queues out of Abuja.’
“The NNPC is working round the clock on this;p if you remember when this first started in December, it was a lot more massive.”
“Lagos is fuel queue-free and a lot of the state capitals are. Abuja is still struggling because of the logistics issues.”
“I haven’t gone round today but when I went round yesterday there was a huge improvement and I will be instructing the NNPC to do whatever it takes to ensure there are no queues next week.”
Kachikwu stressed that the NNPC should use all possible strategies to meet up with the ultimatum he has issued.