#FuelScarcity: Osinbajo spends Christmas at petrol depots

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

The presidency said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be visiting fuel depots in Lagos on Monday to monitor the loading of trucks and to ensure steady supply of petrol to designated filling stations.

This information is contained in a tweet on the twitter handle of the presidency, @NGRPresident.

The post read: “This morning the Vice-President is visiting fuel depots in Lagos to monitor the loading of trucks, and to ensure distribution is going on without a hitch.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria recalled that the vice president had on Christmas Eve made an unexpected stopover to some filling stations at Lekki area and Lagos Island to see that things were moving on very well.

“It is such a shame that Christmas has been, to some extent, with this sort of discomfort. This is deeply regretted.

“And l know that, despite the resilience and strength of people in Lagos and the Nigerian people, we would see ourselves through this and will enjoy our Christmas and have a great New Year,” Mr. Osinbajo said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, on Monday.

According to the vice president, the Buhari administration is doing everything possible to quickly resolve the fuel shortages experienced by Nigerians.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday sympathised with Nigerians over their suffering occasioned by the scarcity of petrol across the country.

The president, who was reacting to the long queues of motorists at various filling stations across the country, in a statement personally signed by him and posted on his twitter handle, said the scarcity was regrettable.

He stated that he was being briefed regularly on the matter by the NNPC and assured that the situation would improve positively in the next few days.

President Buhari disclosed that he had already directed the regulators to step up their surveillance and bring an end to hoarding of the products and price inflation by marketers.

NAN reports that fuel scarcity during festive periods is a recurrent feature in Nigeria, although it disappeared in the last two years.

The scarcity is said to be caused by greedy marketers who tried to take undue advantage of the high inter-state movements during the season.

In some states a litre of fuel rose to between N200 and N300 or above per litre as against the official pump price of N145.



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  • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

    VP understands what it means to be a leader, he goes into the trenches with his suffering country men and women, to feel their pain and identify with them. Can you imagine the more of a soothing impact such will have if the President, Senate President, Speaker, 36 Governors, Ministers in their numbers followed VP’s example daily.

    • Bitacrim

      No doubt what he’s doing is commendable, but we should know that he is acting on behalf of Mr. President. It’s same presidency. If Buhari disapproves of this, you can be sue you won’t see him.

      • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

        Please brother I am advocating better governance for the country. If you don’t see the import of what I typed above and you feel it is better for the President to send the VP while he stays indoors issuing twitter releases then I salute you. I say it again most of you Buhari supporters are doing him a great disservice by not advising him properly, like Jona, the day he comes down from power he is going to look back and curse all of you for misleading him.

  • Observer

    Respect for the man wey sabi

  • Lanre

    Nonsense! Yes, emi ni mo sobe. Prof. Osinbajo, I am so disappointed. After Chief Awolowo, Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola, Oladipo Diya. Another Yoruba tool? But why?

    • So oju abe niko

      Never been an Awoist, but anybody, let alone a Yoruba, calling Awo a tool must be out of his mind.