Friday, 1 April 2016

We cannot give excuses for fuel scarcity − Lai Mohammed

Nigerians did not elect us to give them excuses, Lai Mohammed the Federal Minister of Information has said.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed
The minister who spoke in Yola yesterday, while in Adamawa as part of the presidential entourage led by the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, attending the wedding of the son of the Adamawa state Governor Sen. Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow also reiterated that the fuel crisis would soon be over.

” Yes, we appreciate the feelings of Nigerians. We also go through it, because we are not immune to it. As a responsible government. A government that was propelled to power by the votes of the people we cannot give excuses but empathise with them. And this government is working 24 hours to ensure that this problem is resolved,” Mohammed said.
The minister who pointed out that Nigerians, did not elect them to give them excuses however noted that the All Progressive Congress led administration as a responsible government was doing everything to ease the current suffering resulting from fuel scarcity.
He said the federal government is working to ensure that in two weeks time the commodity is made available in all parts of the country and alleviate  the sufferings of Nigerians.
According to him, the government had already taken some steps in that direction, he said, ” some short term, some medium term and some longer term. Because the question will be what are we doing to alleviate this problem because that is what concern Nigerians.”
Some of the measures he highlighted include the government’s appeal to oil majors to make forex available to their companies operating in the downstream sector of the oil industry, adding that the difficulties encountered in getting foreign exchange was partly to blame for the fuel crisis.
Lai who noted that other measures taken by the government is to open up the sector for smaller modular oil farms to be set up however stressed that the government was is not unaware that the ultimate is for the country to be self sufficient in the production of the commodity.
He added that once the government gets this done it would solve the problem of the fuel crisis and thus alleviate the sufferings being faced by the people.







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