Timipre Sylva, Minister of Petroleum Resources, State.
–Says importation to end soon
By Obas Esiedesa
The Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva has explained that the recent shortage of petrol across the country has nothing to do with politics, assuring consumers that the Federal Government has taken adequate steps to improve supply of the product.
Chief Sylva who spoke to journalists in Abuja after visiting petrol some stations yesterday blamed factor aside the control of the government for the scarcity of petrol.
He assured consumers that normalcy has returned and would be sustained prior to and after the general elections.
According to him, “Mr. President directed that we must ensure that the fuel supply situation is normalized quickly and that is why I have to leave everything I am doing to ensure that we are able to sort out this problem.
“You can see that a lot has been done and all hands have been on deck. NNPC Limited, NMDPRA and everybody in the supply chain have really come together to see that this problem is resolved.
“It is unfortunate a few people tried to think that there is politics involved but this has nothing to do with politics, I can assure you. When problems like this you try to find out what caused it. It might be due to natural disaster like we had with the flood and anything can trigger it. We are not saying we have control of all the factors because there are natural factors that we are not in control of but as far as the factors that we are in control of, we are now control of those factors. I can assure you that between now and the elections, and beyond we will not have these queues anymore”.
On the long term solution to the crisis, the Minister said the government has invested heavily in the rehabilitation of the nation’s four refineries, pointing out when the repairs are concluded, coupled with the government 20 percent skate in Dangote Refinery, petrol would be readily available.
“The government is seriously engaged in the rehabilitation of the refineries. The Port Harcourt refinery is at advanced stage, the Kaduna refinery has just been awarded and we are hoping that we will beat the deadline. Warri refinery rehabilitation is also progressing well and we have to take 20 percent stake in Dangote refinery. There are also modular refineries coming on stream.
“These are effort by the government to ensure that this problem is solved permanently. This is not something that can be achieved by the waving of a magic wand. But I can assure you that when everything come together, Nigerians will have President Buhari to thank for it because has laid the foundation for the final resolution of this problem”, he added.
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