Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, on Wednesday assured that the current fuel scarcity in the country will be over in a matter of days, following the approval of the subsidy payment by the National Assembly.
Alhaji Mohammed, who gave the assurance during a visit to the headquarters of the Daily Trust newspaper in Abuja, on Wednesday, explained that the N521 billion approved by the National Assembly, as part of the supplementary budget of N574.4 billion, would be enough to cover the fuel subsidy till the end of the year.
According to him, the kind of fuel scarcity that has triggered vehicular queues across the country would no longer repeat itself.
The minister said: “We can confidently announce here today that the scarcity will end in a few days. Subsidy payment till the end of the year has been approved by the National Assembly. As you know we can’t spend money without approval.’’
He however disclosed that plans were ongoing to set up an adhoc committee, comprising representatives of the government, the military and the media to enhance the exchange of information, especially concerning the war against terrorism.
Mohammed also informed that the 2016 budget would soon be submitted to the National Assembly, which he said would address the yearnings of Nigerians.
By Patrick Aigbokhan