*As Kachikwu, Baru Fail To End Scarcity
Fuel Scarcity in Nigeria has defiled solutions despite the ultimatum by the nation’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to correct the anomaly before the expiration of last weekend.
The FEC meeting usually presided by President Muhammadu Buhari and in his absence by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had on Wednesday last week, handed down an ultimatum to the minister of state, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, to stop the prevailing fuel scarcity before weekend elapsed.
However, Optimum Times cheeks on the current situation within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and its environments revealed that it is worst as at Monday morning as many motorists spent days and nights queuing up at filling stations with anticipation of being served.
Most filling stations remained locked while those which opened are having unprecedented queues of motorists in search of fuel. Queues of vehicles and jerry cans are mow common sights in any opened filling stations
Also, some filling stations along Abuja -Keffi road, Kubwa Express road are selling at higher prices between the ranges of N150 -N250 per litre.
Consequently, Nigerians are having it tough commuting from their homes to their various offices, business premises and getting on with their day to day socioeconomic activities. Costs of transportation, food items and other materials being purchased had gone up as well.