Fuel Scarcity: Nigerians Did Not Elect Us To Give Excuses—Lai Mohammed

By Tom Garba, Yola

The Minister of Information Chief Lai Mohammed while interacting with Journalists in Yola said Nigerians did not vote in the All Progressives Congress to begin to give excuses over the lingering fuel scarcity

" 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 empathize with them. And this government is working 24 hours to ensure that this problem is resolved," Lai said

Lai followed 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, reiterated that the fuel crisis would soon be over.

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 2 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."

Part of the measures he highlighted includes the government's appeal to the 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.