The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu has begun talk with the CBN to help major oil marketers in Nigeria access foreign exchange to import petrol into the country.
He said this during an inspection tour of some petrol stations in Abuja over the weekend, adding that the federal government must quickly address the challenges being faced by the oil marketers to solve the lingering oil crisis.
The minister who reiterated the commitment of the government to provide enough fuel for the populace said that in the next two days queue would disappear at petrol stations because more petrol would have been distributed across the country.
However, Kachikwu apologized to Nigerians over the incessant fuel scarcity, stating that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC had already deployed 300 truckloads of fuel in Abuja while supply has also been increased across the country.
He said, “We have enough coming in. Obviously the two days of strike hit us very badly but we are flooding in, getting an average of 300 trucks a day into Abuja; it’s going to take a bit of while for the queues to finish but we are hoping that between the next one-two days we should have the queues all disappear because we are continuing to pump in, while a lot of the stations are open 24 hours a day.
“I apologise to Nigerians for all the pains; nobody wants to see people spend two hours on the fuel queue. The president is very bothered about the sight of people waiting for fuel. “