The minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has assured Nigerians that the current fuel scarcity will not roll over to the yuletide, even as Nipco Plc restated its commitment to shipping in more cargoes to augment supplies from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Kachikwu who was on a tour of depots in Lagos appreciated the singular effort by NipCo to commence petrol import despite huge subsidy debt owed marketers by government.
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The minister’s visit came as Lagos yesterday witnessed unprecedented traffic snarl occasioned by long queues at filling stations in the metropolis.
Students and other commuters were stranded for hours at various bus stops within the metropolis as motorists struggle to buy petrol.
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Lagos Island and Lekki as well as Ajah axis of the state were hard hit by the scarcity with many black marketers selling to desperate motorists, our correspondent reports.
Kachikwu, however, affirmed that December is a critical month in terms of the demand for the product to enable movements across the country.
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He said, “We need to put in place measures to ensure that stations across every nook and cranny of the country are made to guarantee easy access at government approved rates”.
The minister expressed concern and apologized to the populace for the current scarcity, assuring that all hands are on deck.