…Marketers responsible for fuel queues
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N117 billion for the construction of Oloibiri Oil Museum in Bayelsa state.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the proposed museum would also serve as a research centre hence enhancing academic activities.
“The Federal Executive Council today approved the award of the contract for the construction of the Oloibiri Oil Museum and Research Centre to Julius Berger PLC in the sum of N117 billion with a completion timeframe of 30 months,” he said.
The minister said the project started in the early 1980s by the late President Shehu Shagari but could not be continued due to paucity of funds.
He said the Buhari administration has injected life into the project because of its importance.
On the recent emergence of queues at petrol stations across the country, the minister said some marketers were responsible because they want to make filthy profits but government will do everything possible to ameliorate the situation.
“This is quite unfortunate and we are not happy at all with what is going on. Every hand is on deck to check the excesses of these marketers.
“At the moment today there is supply but unfortunately we are experiencing some bottle necks in the distribution and movement of the product to various destinations.
“I want to assure you that everything is being done; the NNPC Ltd and all other stakeholders are working hard to ensure that this problem is resolved.
“We have reports of profiteering by marketers and I have directed the pricing regulatory agency, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority to sanction anybody who profiteers on this kind of situation,” he said.