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Petrol scarcity: Presidency summons stakeholders

The Presidency on Tuesday in Abuja summoned critical stakeholders in the nation’s oil sector and the leadership of security agencies in the country to end the scarcity of petrol in the country.
The meeting, presided by the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, was held behind closed doors.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu; Director-General of the Department  of State Services, Lawal Daura; and the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru.
Others that attended the meeting included the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Alhaji Muhammed Babandede; presidential aides; and other stakeholders in the oil industry.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on January 1 during a nationwide broadcast expressed sadness over the unnecessary hardships inflicted on Nigerians during the Christmas and New Year celebrations following acute petrol scarcity across the country.
BUhari attributed the hardships to the activities of a few but heartless individuals working within the nation’s oil and gas sector.
Buhari, however, reiterated the determination of his administration to get to the root of the persistent petrol scarcity, and ensure that those behind it would be prevented from doing so again.
The scarcity is said to be caused by greedy marketers who tried to take undue advantage of the high inter-state movements during the season.