Abuja - Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has said fuel scarcity has persisted because trucks conveying the product were being diverted to Cameroon and Chad.
Kachikwu, who stated this in Lagos at a town hall meeting, said the fuel scarcity had persisted mainly because the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation could not track the trucks being used to convey the product to filling stations.
He said his ministry was working towards installing trackers on each truck and registering the depots and filling stations they were meant to supply in a bid to curb diversion of the product.
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The minister urged Nigerians to report cases they know about, adding that the task of tackling fuel scarcity could not be left to the government alone.
“We started publishing deliveries and tell you the filling stations they were allocated to. So, if you don’t find products in those filling stations, there are hotlines to call,” he stated.
He asked Nigerians to exercise more patience, adding that his ministry and the NNPC were working hard to proffer long-term solutions to the fuel supply problem.
- News 24