Say the queues will disappear before Christmas

Business24

The federal government has attributed the ongoing fuel shortages to “slight differences” between the union and the government over the last few days.

Petroleum Minister, Dieziani Allison-Madueke, who spoke on the sideline of the Federal Executive Council meeting as she marked her 52nd birthday in Abuja today, gave the assurance that the government is handling the main cause of the upsurge, adding that the fuel queues would soon go down as the issue is being sorted out.

According to her, there would be no shortages at Christmas as the government is doing everything possible to ensure that there are no shortages.

She explained that the queues had surfaced initially owing to the whole fuel subsidy issue and “the fact that verifications of certain amounts and certain marketers claims were being made very stringently”.

The minister also stated that the citizens cannot keep calling out for transparency and accountability and pointing at corruption if the nation is not prepared to bear some of the hardship that will obviously come out of the cleaning up of the oil sector.

“We too on the NNPC side, we had pushed out a lot of our strategic reserve in a bid to ensure that people were not overtly put out in terms of fuel scarcity,” she said. “And if not for this recent union issue, I think it could have been completely alienated; but I am sure over the next few days it will die down completely. We are doing everything we can on ground to ensure that this Christmas will not be like last Christmas.”

Speaking on her experience in government as she celebrates her birthday, Alison-Madueke said it has been a “very interesting journey, with its own fair share of ups and downs”.

“It’s been extremely challenging at other times, extremely rewarding at other times,” she said. “We thank God for His grace, and for dignity; we thank Him for the support of family and friends and also we thank God for the opportunity to serve one’s country. I don’t think that I have undertaken it lightly; it is a great privilege and I am extremely humbled to have been chosen over so many worthy Nigerians to serve my country.”

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