The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday directed the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to resolve the problem of long queues for fuel in the different states of the federation by the end of the week.
Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known when speaking with journalists shortly after the FEC meeting.
The meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari is away on a two-day official visit to Kano State.
Said Mohammed: “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.”
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Mohammed said Kachikwu was to address the press over the fuel crisis but had to attend an important meeting in the bid to end the long queues.
Long queues in filling stations started on Monday in some states of the federation.
Worried by the development, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, had to return home from his London trip.
The excuse that had been given was that there was panic buying.
However, while addressing journalists, Mohammed said: “There is always more demand for refined products for petroleum during winter period in the colder countries, this is what we are experiencing now.”