The Federal Government has ordered the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to solve the current fuel scarcity issue nationwide before weekend.
The directive was given on Wednesday, during the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
This was disclosed to newsmen by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while answering questions from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.
The minister further said that Dr. Kachikwu was unable to attend the FEC meeting as earlier scheduled because he needed to attend an important meeting, aimed at resolving the crisis.
He also debunked rumours that government is planning to increase the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit.
He added that Kachikwu assured members of the council that the country has enough PMS that can last till the end of January 2018.
The minister said, “One, the government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of PMS.
“Two, the minister (Kachikwu) assured the council that we have enough products till the next one month even till the end of January.
“Thirdly, this is winter period. There is always more demand for refined products from petroleum during winter period in the colder countries, this is what we are experiencing now.