The Federal Government has ordered the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to ensure that the fuel scarcity currently being witnessed across the country does not extend beyond this weekend.

President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on official visit to Kano State could not attend the meeting.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the government’s position known while answering questions from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.

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He said Kachikwu was initially scheduled to join him at the briefing but could not do so because he needed to attend an important meeting as part of efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

Mohammed allayed the fears in some quarters that the government might be 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.

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