In a bid to end persistent fuel scarcity in the country and keep to the promise made to Nigerians by the State Petroleum Minister, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, that the scarcity will end next week, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday dispatched a total of 1,118 trucks of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) (petrol trucks) across the country.
This revelation was contained in the Nationwide daily PMS schedule release, on Thursday in Abuja. Adding that NNPC and marketers vessels were currently discharging at various depots and jetties nationwide. The report said twenty import vessels laden with a total volume of 830.1 million litres have been confirmed to arrive in the month of April, 2016 for NNPC.
A breakdown of the distribution indicated that Lagos got 429 trucks, Abuja 131, Kano 23, Port Harcourt 42 and Kaduna 16. Anambra with 15 trucks, Ondo 23, Sokoto seven, Borno four and Katsina 22.
According to the schedule, Oyo got 47 trucks, Kogi 13, Ogun 73, Kebbi 32, and Bauchi 21, Delta and Bayelsa also received 134 and 5 trucks respectively while Edo got 32 trucks.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, had in a statement released on Wednesday, apologised to Nigerians for the hardship the fuel scarcity has caused, promising that the scarcity will end by next week. The minister attributed the lingering development to sabotage. He however thanked Nigerians for their patience so far.
“Some people rather than sell products send them into hinterlands where they can sell at ridiculous prices and so you are having this price distortions where people are making a lot of money, some are internal and some are external but a lot of it is marketers trying to make quick returns on their investments wrongly.”
Meanwhile ,the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power has promised that the US Embassy would help Nigeria find solution to the persistent fuel scarcity in the country. Ms. Power who made the promise on Thursday in Abuja during her visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geofrey Onyeama said seeing the difficult economic time the country is currently going through, the US embassy will offer whatever technical advice, counsel and technical assistance that will help bring the scarcity to an end.