Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who was in Lagos yesterday, became a petrol station attendant in a way of assuring Nigerians that the fuel scarcity crisis will soon be over.
The Vice President’s official photographer, Novo Isioro, who shared photos from the Lagos Island visit also wrote;
‘This evening, the Vice President made a stop at Oando Petrol Station by Elegushi where he engaged with citizens in queues. He went pump by pump to get insight on people’s experience, especially the wait time. Thereafter he made similar stop at Heyden Petroleum by VGC. He was able to uplift people who has already been stressed from their wait and promised to critically address the situation’.
President Muhammadu Buhari broke his silence on the current fuel scarcity yesterday, sympathising with Nigerians on the excruciating pains they were going through as a result of the scarcity.
The President, who said he was being briefed on the fuel situation in the country, assured that the NNPC was making efforts to ease the situation.
In a statement he personally signed and posted on his verified twitter handle, Buhari said the scarcity was regrettable.
“The fuel scarcity being experienced nationwide is regrettable. I sympathise with all Nigerians on having to endure needless fuel queues.
“I’m being regularly briefed, especially on the NNPC’s interventions to ensure that there is enough petrol available during this period & beyond.
“I have the NNPC’s assurance that the situation will improve significantly over the next few days, as new shipments and supplies are distributed across the country.
“I have also directed the regulators to step up their surveillance and bring an end to hoarding and price inflation by marketers.
“Let me also assure that the relevant agencies will continue to provide updates on the situation. I thank you all for your patience and understanding.”
Despite assurances from there Federal Government in the past three weeks that the fuel scarcity was going to be addressed with immediate effect, lots of Nigerians were stranded, especially those travelling for the Christmas celebration to different parts of the country.
In some filing stations across the country, the petroleum product was sold above the Federal Government recommended pump price of N145.
In some cases, between N200 and N300 per litre, while the black market price by hawkers on the streets was above that.
Some Nigerians have argued that the government has no justification for the scarcity of petroleum products after increasing the pump price from N97.00 which was the price in the last administration to between N143-N145 per litre.