Following the event on Monday, where the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, was summoned by the senate, Mr Kachikwu has come out to say he will not abandon his office. On Tuesday in Abuja, while giving a closing remarks at the briefing of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) on the lingering scarcity of petroleum products across the country, the minister said he would not resign as he still had a lot of work to do.
Different groups including the South-South All Progressive Party , APC, and some Civil Society Organisations have called for the minister’s resignation, but he is bent on standing firm to do all that he assumed office for.
“All those planning to come to Abuja for a protest should save their fuel, I am not going to resign, I have a lot of work to do,’’ Kachikwu said.
According to him, he did not accept to be minister of petroleum in order to create scarcity, it was something that happened as a result of in-competencies in the oil sector from the past, and he, Kachikwu, is doing all he can to restore fuel in Nigeria.
The minister assured that he would work hard to find lasting solutions to the problems in the oil industry.
Kachikwu said that he was pained as much as many Nigerians were that the country still suffered petroleum scarcity in spite of being one of the largest producers of crude oil in the world.
Recall that when the Senate ordered the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Kachikwu, to appear before its Committee on Petroleum Downstream today, Sen. Jibrin Barau, Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream, told journalists that they came up with that probing because it was necessary to give Kachikwu the order due to the prolonged suffering his inefficiency to produce fuel has caused Nigerians. He condemned the fact the situation is getting worse by the day when there should have been improvements at this stage.
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