For some unknown reasons, the federal government still believes it can solve the problem of lingering and embarrassing fuel scarcity through an executive fiat.

After several previous orders failed to work, it again on Thursday directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC to clear the petrol queues before Sunday.

Apparently, the federal government does not want to be further embarrassed by the queues when it hosts the 2018 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit, NIPS which commences on Sunday in Abuja.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, told journalists at a press conference in Abuja that it would not be nice to have international guests face petrol queues in the Federal Capital Territory when they attend the 2018 NIPS, which begins on Sunday.

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He said, “As for the fuel queues that you see out there, we are working round the clock; the NNPC is also working round the clock on this. If you remember when it first started in December 2017, it was a lot more massive, but Lagos is largely fuel queue free and a lot of the state capitals are.

“Abuja is still struggling because of some logistics issues. We’ve instructed the NNPC to do whatever it takes to ensure that I do not bring visitors here next week and they will experience fuel queues.

“They (NNPC) will have to do whatever it takes to get this eliminated in Abuja and that is the directive I’ll be sending to the NNPC.”

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