President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned stakeholders in Nigeria’s oil sector and the leadership of security agencies in the country to end the scarcity of petrol in the country as soon as possible.
The meeting, presided over by the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, is being held behind closed doors.
In attendance were the Minister of Petroleum, Mr 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 at the meeting are the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Alhaji Muhammed Babandede, some presidential aides and other stakeholders in the oil industry.
In his nationwide broadcast, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness over the unnecessary hardships inflicted on Nigerians during the Christmas and New Year celebrations following acute petrol scarcity across the country.
He put blame on activities of a few but heartless individuals working within the nation’s oil and gas sector, while at the same time reiterating 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 that the long queues in filling stations in Abuja and Lagos have disappeared in the last two days as promised by the GMD of NNPC, Maikanti Baru.
Baru vowed on Friday that Nigerians would not go into 2018 with the scarcity of petroleum products.