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Junior Petroleum Minister, Ibe Kachikwu Apologises for Saying "I'm Not A Magician" by nairaway(m) : 11:42 am On Mar 30, 2016
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has apologised to Nigerians for his comments last week that the current petrol scarcity will continue till May, and that he's not a magician hence Nigerians should not expect a quicker end to the scarcity that has already stretched into weeks.
At a meeting with the Senate Committee on Petroleum on Tuesday, the minister apologised for his remarks.
He also assured that fuel queues will disappear across the nation by first week of April.
Why we don’t have fuel
The minister said while fuel scarcity will “definitely” end by April, Nigerians may have to wait till May for “major revolution” in the availability of the products.
Explaining why there is no immediate solution to the fuel scarcity, Kachikwu said 90 percent of Nigerian depots were not functional.
“Most fuel products into Nigeria come from Europe and it takes 14 days for fuel to land here,” he said.
On how to improve the productivity of the depots, he said the government would engage consultants to manage the depots. Process of engaging the consultants for management of the depots would start soon.
Kachikwu added: "I do apologise for the comment that I made jocularly with my friends in the press about being a magician and it offended Nigerians."
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