FG, oil marketers meet at the Aso Villa
A team of Presidency officials headed by the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, is currently meeting with major oil marketers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
BusinessDay sources say issues on the front burner at the meeting include how to resolve the challenges of subsidy on petroleum products as well as irregularities in the issuance of petroleum product import licenses.
This is coming on the back a fortnight of petrol shortages during the critical Christmas and New Year holidays which see vast populations traveling their places of origin across the country.
Some of the major marketers who own storage facilities are said to be uncomfortable with government allocating licenses to rent seekers without such facilities who in turn sell those products to them for a margin.
The meeting which is at the instance of the President, is being chaired by the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed sadness at the discomfort inflicted on Nigerians during Christmas and New Year holidays due to the shortage of petroleum products at filling stations.
“The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did, had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that the NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots. I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again.”
Decrying such “unpatriotism”, the president assured that it “will not divert the administration from the course we have set ourselves.
” Our government’s watch word and policy thrust is CHANGE. We must change our way of doing things, or we will stagnate and be left behind in the race to lift our people out of poverty and into prosperity.”
Tony Ailemen, Abuja
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