There won’t be fuel scarcity at Christmas – FG

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The Federal Government on Monday assured Nigerians of adequate fuel supply this Yuletide.

It gave the assurance during a meeting in Abuja with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.

The meeting, which held at the Presidential Villa, was chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari.

The meeting also discussed security plans for the season and palliatives by the Ministry of Works and Housing to ensure safe journeys.

Those at the meeting were the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,  Mr Mele Kyari; the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola; the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; and heads of agencies in the oil and gas sector.

Also present were the National Association of Road Transport Owners and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers.

The NNPC GMD said, “We are here today to take stock of our readiness for the festive period, particularly in terms of supplies and distribution of petroleum products across the country, so that this festive period will be enjoyed by Nigerians without any hitch, particularly during the Christmas and New Year.

Fashola spoke on the palliatives for roads, saying, “The Ministry of Works and Housing has a supporting role to play here. While construction work is ongoing on some of the routes used for moving cargo, we have met with our contractors and directed them to provide some palliatives to ease the movement of trucks and tankers.

“Some of these routes include Benin-Auchi-Okene; Warri-Sapele-Benin; Ilorin-Jaba Road; and Calabar-Itu Road.

“This is essentially to say we are giving everybody the support we can to ease the problem of moving fuel during the period.”

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