Federal Government warned against disruption in fuel supply and distribution
The Federal Government has warned of dire consequences for any individual or group of individuals who may attempt to exploit or further cause untold hardship to ordinary Nigerians through disruptions in the fuel supply and the distribution chain in the country.
The government’s warning came on the heels of renewed efforts by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to maintain the 450.92 million-litre weekly evacuation of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) to different petrol stations across the country.
The warning came when the Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, reassuring Nigerians of the Federal Government’s determination to finding permanent solutions to the problems of petroleum products supply and distribution chain.
The Senior Adviser Media and Communications of the Minister, Mr. Horatius Egua made this known in a statement during a tour of selected petrol stations by the minister in Abuja.
The statement added that the minister sought the understanding of fellow Nigerians, stressing that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was sincere with finding permanent solutions to the fuel problems in the country.
Sylva said the government was exploring all options to end the fuel supply challenge in the country and urged stakeholders in the oil and gas sector to join hands with government in ending the problem.
The minister had expressed government’s satisfaction at NNPCL’s efforts to ensure petrol availability to the average Nigerian and urged them to keep up the tempo.
In the last one month, NNPCL has maintained a total weekly evacuation of 450.92 million liters, a daily average of 64.42 million litres, he said.
Sylva, who called for collaboration to deal with the fuel crisis, said the government felt the pains of ordinary Nigerians with the lingering fuel queues across the country.
The minister said relevant government agencies are working round the clock to ensure fuel availability at petrol stations.