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Petrol scarcity: Buhari summons stakeholders

The Presidency has summoned critical stakeholders in the nation’s oil sector and the leadership of security agencies in the country to end the scarcity of petrol in the country.

Reports said a closed-door meeting was going in Abuja, and that it’s being presided over by the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari.

The meeting is also being attended by the Minister of Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, Director-General of the Directorate of State Service (DSS), Lawal Daura, and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Maikanti Baru.

Others attending the meeting are the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammed Babandede, some presidential aides and other stakeholders in the oil industry.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on January 1, during a nationwide broadcast, expressed sadness over the unnecessary hardships inflicted on Nigerians during the Christmas and New Year celebrations following acute petrol scarcity across the country.

He attributed the hardships to the activities of a few but heartless individuals working within the nation’s oil and gas sector.

Buhari, however, reiterated the determination of his administration to get to the root of the persistent petrol scarcity, and ensure that whichever groups were behind this manipulated blackmail would be prevented from doing so again.

The scarcity is said to be caused by greedy marketers who tried to take undue advantage of the high inter-state movements during the season.

It was observed by the News Agency of Nigeria that the long queues in filling stations  in Abuja and Lagos, had disappeared in the last two days, as promised by Baru, who, on Friday, vowed that Nigerians would not go into 2018 amidst the scarcity of petroleum products.

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