Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Federal Government Blames Oil Marketers for Fuel Queues

Senior Special Adviser to the President on Information, Dr. Doyin Okupe has said the current long fuel queues nationwide were because the Federal Government has refused to buckle to the blackmail of oil marketers.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday at a press conference in Abuja, Okupe said in the last ten months, the NNPC alone imports virtually all the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) being consumed in the country because of the failure of the Federal Ministry of Finance to pay oil marketers who have allegedly stolen money.

He said Nigerians consume 24 million liters of petrol daily, adding that even if all the petroleum refineries were working, we still needed to import the product.

He said the FG has refused to yield to corrupt oil marketers, adding that the country would have to go through this pain to fight corruption.

Okupe who said President Jonathan has given a clear and express mandate to the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) to stop crude oil theft added that it was worth suffering for a few months than losing N 1 trillion annually to oil theft.

He said the shortage in the supply of fuel was also partly due to the vandalisation of NNPC Oil pipelines.

Okupe also debunked reports that over N5 trillion ($ 31 billion) has been stolen under the watch of President Jonathan.

He said it was not true that such money was stolen, adding that the purpose of such misinformation and disinformation was to blind Nigerians to the sure and steady progress made under President Jonathan in the last 18 months.

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