FG directs Kachikwu to end fuel scarcity


The Federal Government on Wednesday directed the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to put an end to fuel scarcity in the country.

The directive was given to Kachikwu during the Federal Executive Council meeting presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

This was made known to State House correspondents by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

He also downplayed reports in some quarters that the federal government might be planning to increase fuel price.

Mohammed 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.”