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, which has lingered across the country for months. Power made the promise to end fuel scarcity on Thursday in Abuja during her visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
She 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.
“Just last night when I was coming from the airport, I saw long lines at petrol stations here in Nigeria. And I really feel for the people of this country, who are going through this difficult economic time.
“And I think this is something the embassy has promised to offer whatever technical advice, counsel and technical assistance that we can offer. But we know that some of the best minds in Nigeria are thinking about that, including the ministers in this government.”
Speaking further, Ms. Power said the poor condition in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria to economic hardship exacerbated by the insurgency since inter-city trade had been hampered. She said;
“What we heard a lot about was the questions of how the conditions in the north are deteriorating because of the threat posed by Boko Haram.
“We heard about very difficult humanitarian conditions in Northern Nigeria and we will travel to Northern Nigeria tomorrow (Friday) and we will try to get a feel of it for first hand.
“The economic hardship in the region has been exacerbated by the presence of Boko Haram and trade across the border has now come to virtual standstill.”