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Fuel scarcity: FG gives Kachikwu, Baru matching order to clear queues

…Says plans to increase fuel pump price
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA – THE Federal Government Wednesday gave the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director, GMD of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru the matching order to clear the queues in filling stations in the country before weekend.

Dr Maikati Baru,Group Managing Director of the NNPC

The Federal Government also said that there was no plan to increase the pump price of petroleum products as was being insinuated.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has approved the establishment of six new private Universities in the country.

Briefing State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the rumour that there was plan to increase fuel pump price was not correct.

He said, “The government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of PMS.

“The minister assured the Council that we have enough products till the next one month even till the end of January.

“This is winter period. There is always more demand for refined products for petroleum during winter period in the colder countries, this is what we are experiencing now.

“It has been the NNPC that has been importing but he (GMD) has assured. The council gave him a matching order that this fuel scarcity should not last beyond this weekend and they are going to work very hard to ensure that it is curtailed. He assured council that there is actually no cause for alarm.”

The new private Universities according to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu are the Admiralty University, Ibusa, Delta state, Spiritan University, Nneochi, Abia State, Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Atiba University, Oyo State and Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences Lagos.


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