The Federal Government on Thursday said it had directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to clear the petrol queues that linger in filling stations in Abuja and neighbouring states before the commencement of the 2018 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit on Sunday.
The government also disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and some of its agencies were working out measures that would ensure the retention of pump price of petrol at N145 per litre despite a landing cost of about N171 per litre.
These disclosures were made yesterday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, while speaking with newsmen at a press conference in Abuja.
According to him, it would not be nice to have international guests face petrol queues in the Federal Capital Territory when they attend the 2018 NIPS, which begins on Sunday.
He said, “As for the fuel queues that you see out there, we are working round the clock; the NNPC is also working round the clock on this. If you remember when it first started in December (2017), it was a lot more massive, but Lagos is largely fuel queue free and a lot of the state capitals are.
“Abuja is still struggling because of some logistics issues. We’ve instructed the NNPC to do whatever it takes to ensure that I do not bring visitors here next week and they will experience fuel queues. They (NNPC) will have to do whatever it takes to get this eliminated in Abuja and that is the directive I’ll be sending to the NNPC.
“Let them (NNPC) work night and day and put a lot more effort in trying to do this. But I can tell you that behind the scenes, a lot of meetings are taking place. This is because the fuel queue issue is both a logistics and a policy issue.”