The Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has been ordered by the Federal Government to ensure that the fuel scarcity currently being experienced across the country does not extend beyond this weekend.
The directive was given to the minister, on Wednesday, during the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the government’s position known, while answering questions from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.
He said Kachikwu was initially scheduled to join him at the briefing but could not do so, because he needed to attend an important meeting as part of efforts aimed at resolving the fuel crisis.
Mohammed allayed the fears in some quarters that the government might be planning to increase the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit. He added that Kachikwu assured members of the council that the country had enough PMS that can last till the end of January 2018.