Nigerian gov’t promises to find permanent solutions to fuel scarcity

The Federal Government has warned of dire consequences for any individual or groups who attempt to exploit or further cause untold hardship to ordinary Nigerians by disrupting fuel supply and distribution chain.

This is coming on the heels of renewed efforts by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to maintain the 450.92 million litres weekly evacuation of Premium Motor Spirit to different petrol stations nationwide.

The Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, gave the warning on Tuesday in a statement by his Senior Adviser, Media and Communications, Horatius Egua.

Sylva, while reassuring Nigerians of the government’s determination, called on security agencies to be on high alert in preventing attempts by subversive elements to cause any disruption during the period of the general elections in the country.

He appealed to Nigerians for understanding, noting that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was sincere in finding permanent solutions to the fuel problems in the country.

He said the government was exploring all options in seeking an end to the fuel problem in the country.

Sylva urged stakeholders in the oil and gas sector to join hands with the government in ending the problem.

During a tour of selected petrol stations in Abuja on Friday, Sylva expressed government’s satisfaction with the efforts of the NNPCL in ensuring fuel availability to the average Nigerian and urged them to keep up the tempo.

In the last month, NNPCL has maintained a total weekly evacuation of 450.92 million litres of PMS, a daily average of 64.42 million litres.

Sylva, while calling for collective support in dealing with the fuel issue said the government felt the pains of the ordinary Nigerian occasioned by the lingering fuel queues.

He said that the relevant government agencies were working round the clock to ensure fuel availability at petrol stations across the country.

“The problems associated with fuel queues in the country are not a problem that came with Buhari’s government but a fallout of long years of rot and decadence in products supply and distribution chain by successive governments.

“Buhari’s administration is addressing the problem holistically, this is the first time in so many years that a government is addressing the problems associated with fuel supply and distribution collectively,’’ he said.

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