Your Fuel Scarcity Will Persist and Suffering Continue, Says Minister of State for Petroleum



If you were hoping that the chronic fuel scarcity would subside sooner than later, then lose hope and continue your suffering as that would not be teh case according to the Nigerian government via the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu.

According to report by Vanguard, the Minister said he is not a magician to make the problems go away immediately. However, he stated that the current queues at gas stations would persist till late May 2016.

While answering questions from the State House Correspondents, the Minister who doubles as the the Group Managing Director, GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) said:

“One of the training I did not receive is that of a magician but I am working very hard to ensure some of these issues go away‎. And let’s be honest, for the five, six months we have been here, NNPC has moved from a 50 percent importer of products to basically a 100 percent importer. And the 445 barrels that were allocated was to cover between 50 and 55 percent importation.

“So, it is quite frankly sheer magic that we even have the amount of products at the stations. We are looking to see how to get foreign exchange input. The president and I discussed extensively on how to get more crude directed at importation. His excellency will rather have less crude but have individuals in the society suffer less with inconveniences than have more crude and have them continue to suffer.”