The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu was last week given a 2-day ultimatum by the federal government to end fuel scarcity.

A week later, he has now promised to make that happen in 48 hours.

It is not clear if Kachikwu is issuing his personal deadline or still acting within the one ordered by the government.

On Thursday, Kachikwu promised the National Economic Council, consisting of state governors, that the fuel scarcity being witnessed in parts of the country would end within 48 hours.

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this while briefing reporters at the end of a meeting of the national economic council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Obaseki quoted the minister as saying that there was enough fuel in the nation’s strategic reserves.

“We discussed the issue of fuel supply. As you know, there have been challenges of fuel supply in the country. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources assured the council that within the next 48 hours, fuel supply would be restored nationwide because there is enough fuel in our strategic reserves.

“He said the ministry had released fuel from the reserves and he expected distribution would reach all parts of the country within the next 48 hours,” Obaseki told the reporters.

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