1 December 2012

Nigeria: FG to End Fuel Scarcity Before Christmas

The Federal Government is committed to ending scarcity of fuel being experienced in most parts of the country, a Presidency official said Thursday.

The top government official told newsmen off record that the long queues at petrol stations will disappear before Christmas.

He said "government is determined to ensure that there is no return of queues in the nation's petrol stations.

"The government is working round the clock to ensure that people have fuel during the Christmas and New Year periods. President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the respective agencies to reconcile any problem in the distribution chain that may hinder the availability of the products during the festive season. He has also directed the ministry of finance and petroleum to ensure that all outstanding issues concerning the payment of subsidy claims are resolved."

The official said the scarcity of fuel is a 'failed' attempt by some players in the oil and gas sector to frustrate President Jonathan's effort at transforming the sector.

"As I am talking to you now, there are over 20 vessels loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) awaiting offloading at ports, in Lagos. The Federal Government has petroleum products that will last the nation throughout the festive periods in the event of any emergency. However, we are optimistic that there won't be emergency," the official said.

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