Fuel crisis: Niger Delta groups demand Kachikwu’s resignation

*Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.

*Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

29 March 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change, NDIMRC, has kicked against calls from certain quarters for the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu to resign over the lingering fuel crisis in most parts of the country.

The minister has come under heavy fire as fuel crisis lingers with many calling on him to resign just as they kicked against his recent statement that despite the efforts being put in place by the federal government, fuel queues might not completely be eliminated until about the next two months.

But NDIMRC, an oil monitoring group in a statement signed by its President, Nelly Emma, Secretary, John Sailor and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Stanley Mukoro, urged Nigerians to bear with the minister as he was capable of dealing with the fuel scarcity across the country.

The group made it clear that the minister never put a time frame of May to arrest the situation, describing it as misinterpretation, even as it urged Nigerians to be patient with the administration.

According to NDIMRC, “The Minister only said that the solution to the fuel crisis is a gradual process and as an oil monitoring group, we want to appeal to Nigerians to bear with Kachikwu over the lingering fuel scarcity. The minister has apologised to Nigerians over the worrisome situation and we want to implore Nigerians to be patient with the minister who is capable of handling the fuel scarcity once and for all.

“President Buhari did not make a mistake in appointing Kachikwu as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and retaining him as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and this is why we are imploring Nigerians who are suffering as a result of the fuel scarcity to be patient with the President and the minister over the situation,” the group added.

The group also stated that “The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources that we know is not happy with the situation and is working round the clock with his team to end the noticeable fuel queues in most parts of the country in the weeks ahead.

“We know that efforts are in full gear to eliminate all factors which have so far impeded the free flow of petrol across the country and those calling on him to throw in the towels should be patient with him.”

It added that “There is no point calling on the minister who has apologised to Nigerians over the fuel crisis to resign; he is doing a great job in the oil and gas industry and so we need him around to assist the President.

“It is our appeal to Nigerians to ignore the misinterpretation given to the assessment of the fuel supply situation in the country by the minister who never put a time frame of May ending to halt the fuel crisis. Nigerians should be rest assured that the fuel queues will disappear in weeks as we have confidence in the minister and his team, who are working on it and are committed to making the fuel scarcity go away.

“The only frustration the minister is facing at the moment is the reorganisation of NNPC and the cabal who do not want this to take place are out to do everything to thwart his efforts,” the group added.

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