Resolve fuel queues this week, FEC mandates petroleum minister

FILE PHOTO: Fuel Queue
FILE PHOTO: Fuel Queue

The Federal Executive Council has mandated the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to end the fuel queues across the country by the end of this week.

The directive was given at the FEC meeting held on Wednesday. The meeting was presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is in Kano on a working visit.

Fuel queues have since Monday surfaced across the country with the NNPC blaming it on panic buying.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, briefed State House correspondents on the resolution after a meeting of the council which held inside the council chamber of the presidential villa Abuja.

Mr. Mohammed said Mr. Kachikwu was supposed to be the one to brief Nigerians on the matter, but that he had “to attend a very important meeting so that this crisis would be resolved.”

Mr. Mohammed said part of the reason for the scarcity is because it was only the NNPC that has been importing petrol.

He said Mr. Kachikwu assured that the problem will be resolved and that “there is no cause for alarm.”

“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”.

The minister also dispelled rumours that the government is planning to increase the price of petrol.

“The government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of PMS,” he said.

He also said Mr. Kachikwu had, while briefing the council, assured that the country has “enough products till next one month or even till the end of January.”

Giving reasons for the sudden scarcity, Mr. Mohammed said it is due to the current cold weather that has necessitated more buying..

“There is always more demand for refined products for petroleum during winter period in the colder countries, this is what we are experiencing now,” he said.


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  • Fernando Luis

    So kachikwu is now the petroleum minister? APC incompetency on the rise.

    • okenwa

      Osinbajo no longer know who is the petroleum minister.

  • evidence

    Ibe Kachikwu is good for ending fuel scarcity while Baru is good for signing $25bn contract.

    • emmanuel

      Not even Abacha or Obasanjo of $16 billion IPP money had a heart to go near such money.

  • marig

    They always blame the consumer for fuel scarcity. Shameless people.

  • FreeNigeria

    I thought Buhari is the petroleum minister. I guess he’s too dumb to take responsibility

  • Solomon Brown

    While the Minister of Petroleum is out in Kano campaigning for his other office as President, the fuel lines keep building up, Boko Haram IED’S keep making their way to and blowing up every marketplace there is in Maiduguri, the six police officers whose lives were snatched from them by the Fulani militia, Mainagate, $26 billion dollar NNPC contract debacle, state sponsored executions and unlawful detention of innocent citizens, the list goes on and on…… Yet “Maigida” insists on making it known, that he deserves a second term, to uphold his legacy of governing by Chaos.

  • Wale

    “Mr. Kachikwu had, while briefing the council, assured that the country has “enough products till next one month or even till the end of January.” _ Mr. Mohammed

    So, if Mr. Kachikwu takes it upon himself by assuring the Federal Executive council that he can solve the problem, let him go for it. But, I do know that the guy is a bona fide liar; neither does he have any shame nor integrity, he wants to continue in that shameless position come what may. Despite the way he’s being treated like a step child.

    • emmanuel

      You should be in Aro by now. Did you read the report?
      What is Kachikwu’s role as Minister of State? Afterall you said Baru had every right to deal directly with Buhari for stealing of $26 billion.
      If you have understanding of this your demonic APC government, you would not mention Kachikwu’s name.
      Do you know who is Minister of State for Agriculture? i am sure you do not, because the substantive minister is the one planting Yam and Rice.
      Take Buhari to task

      • Wale

        You’re a “nut case”.
        Your Kachikwu later presented the same talked about $26 Billion contract to FEC for approval.
        What is the name of you local govt. chairman. That should be closer to you than any of the Federal office holders.

  • emmanuel

    This Osibande is just a very hypocritical man. His matching orders should have gone to Buhari the Petroleum Minister who works directly with Baru and the Perm. Sec. on Oil matters.
    Bunch of renegade Federal Executive council

  • forestgee

    FEC will mandate Minister of State to end fuel crisis but when there is US$ 25bn contract to be awarded, they will mandate GMD of NNPC and PMB! Slavery is not only in Libya

  • Yego V

    I cannot understand why Nigerians find it difficult to get rid of this man Buhari, along with his useless lying crew. Can someone tell me why Kachicku should even get involved. Buhari is the minister of petroleum, he and Baru have been swindling the money and controlling the contracts. After siphoning the money under the disguise of contact without supplying the products, they are now calling on an “innocent ” man to take the heat. I don’t know what the Kachiku self is doing. Resign and expose the crookery. This man- Kachiku, is there just to fill the space for Igbos. I’m from the north, so keep your damn tribal responses.

    • Oladeji Y

      It’s simple. Before Buhari the nation pay billions in subsidies and yet we the citizens ended up periodically go through harrowing experience worse than this to buy fuel at #250/ litre. Yes there may be some scarcity now but we are not spending days at gas stations or buying fuel at such exorbitant price or paying bogus subsidy like previously. It is not to distant to forget.

      • Yego V

        Than you. My comment is directed to Nigerians. I guess you reside in the North Pole

  • Anasieze Donatus

    Enjoy your wailing, Kachikwu was not forced on been a Minister and he can speak for him self ,You mentioned US%25Billion and sme Kachikwu said he never said any money was missing but that due process was not followed and after meeting with the President who is the Minister of Petroleum ,he was made to understand that the President is aware of the Contract and that due process was followed because He Kachikwu was a Minister of State (Junior Minister ) and his duties where specified but as long as it is PMB you are willing to wail your heart out. Continue because your wailing will last till 2023,take this to the bank