Kachikwu says fuel scarcity to end next week


The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday expressed optimism on availability of fuel in every part of the country by the end of next week. This came again after an earlier promise that the persistent fuel queues would end on April 7, according to Daily Trust.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday, Kachikwu said thanked Nigerians “for their unbelievable level of patience” over the current fuel scarcity.

“As at today (yesterday), we are delivering about 1,200 trucks, by weekend, we should be delivering same number of trucks…I hope by the end of next week, with the refineries helping us to stay on course, every part of the country will get fuel,” he said.

The minister blamed the persistent queues at filing stations on sabotage. He said the government had asked the Department of Petroleum Resources to deploy officials “to ensure that products are sold at the right prices because it is only through price stabilization that systemic queues will disappear.

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