As Minister for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu promised Nigerian governors on Thursday, fuel scarcity may truly end in 48 hours.

This is because the Nigeria Port’s Authority, NPA’s shipping position published on Friday has shown that no fewer than 30 ships heavily loaded with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected to arrive Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos between today and December 30.

NPA noted that the ships also contained buck wheat, steel products, empty containers, crude palmolein, bulk gas, bulk fertiliser, aviation fuel, ethanol, diesel, petrol and containers with other goods.

Already, eight ships are currently at the ports, waiting to berth with bulk fertiliser, bulk maize, aviation fuel and petrol.

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On Thursday, Kachikwu had 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.

“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,” Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, told reporters at a briefing after the national economic council meeting.

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