The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, on Thursday directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure that petrol queues were cleared in Abuja before Sunday.
Mr. Kachikwu gave the directive at a world news conference to intimate journalists on the upcoming international oil and gas conference and exhibition tagged the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit (NIPS).
According to him, the queues have been persistent because logistics and policy issues that could end the scarcity are largely unaddressed.
“I can tell you behind the scenes, a lot of meetings are taking place because the fuel queue issue is both logistics and policy issues.
“We will need to address fundamental policy issues to enable it go away especially in the area where the pricing is showing differentials between the landing and sales price.
“The president is obviously very committed to keeping the price of petrol at where it is because he realises and sympathises with the sufferings of Nigerians.
“I will hate for my colleagues to come and see the fuel queues so my directive to NNPC would be to get these queues out of Abuja.
“The NNPC is working round the clock on this; if you remember when this first started in December, it was a lot more massive.
“Lagos is fuel queue-free and a lot of the state capitals are. Abuja is still struggling because of the logistics issues.