The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Tuesday, announced that the prolonged fuel scarcity experienced in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos will come to an end today as the petroleum products would be available in abundance.
The minister made the announcement during a town hall meeting with workers of the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) in Abuja.
He said that while the end to the long queues in filling stations will begin in Abuja and Lagos, other states to include Port Harcourt, Warri, Sokoto and Kano, etcetera, would begin to experience relief by the weekend.
“Hopefully by today through Thursday, the fuel queues in Abuja should be over. Hopefully, the same thing will happen to Lagos and thereafter, by the weekend, we should see Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Port Harcourt and Warri get off this state,” Kachikwu said.
The Petroleum minister added that Nigeria woukd need to find a sustainable way to keep her downstream sector working efficiently to avoid recurrent scarcity of products.
“What concerns me more is not just getting the present queues out that will definitely wear out, what concerns me more is how do you avoid having to have that ever again in this country and to do that there are certain things we need to do,” he added.