The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has approved a plan to conclusively end the fuel scarcity in the country.
This was disclosed by a presidency official, who stated on Sunday the plan would ensure that incidence of fuel scarcity does not occur again.
He affirmed that in a matter of days, virtually every state in the country would have returned to a very low queue situation at filling stations or a complete return to normalcy.
The source said the plan, which was presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) last week, had been signed off previously by the president before he left the country last Sunday.
“The plan is designed to do everything necessary to end the scarcity quickly and hold those responsible for it in the first instance responsible so as to avoid a repeat,” he said.
According to NAN, what used to be a recurring decimal of fuel scarcity had been reduced to the barest minimum by the Buhari administration until the recent case of adulterated petrol.
The plan drawn up by NNPC executives, however, had won the endorsement of the president and the praise of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, especially because of the 24-hour round the clock operations.
It was gathered that 24-hour sales in major supply centers in the country and 24-hour continuous loading at all depots coordinated personally by NNPC Group Managing Director, Mr Mele Kyari, with the active participation of the Director-General of the DSS, Alhaji Yusuf Bichi, are ongoing.
The 24-operations also have an enforcement element with monitoring teams “to prevent any act of sabotage and ensure smooth operations.”
According to the source, the endorsed plan also maintains the high evacuation rate which is the total amount of stock supplied until such a time that the distribution situation is normalised.
“The most important thing to the presidency is that this scarcity is quickly ended and a recurrence firmly avoided in the future.This now seems certainly possible,” the official said.