- The minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu has replied Femi Falana over his remark on Premium Motor Spirit importation
- In his response, Kachikwu denied the statement and described it as alarming
- The minister also noted that the NNPC imports most of the petrol sold in Nigeria
The minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu has denied a statement credited to him that the federal government spends N1.4 trillion monthly on payment for under-recovery on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) importation.
According to Sahara Reporter, Ibe Kachikwu Kachikwu, in a statement titled: ‘Request for information on fuel importation and sundry matters’, which was a request by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, denied making the remarks.
The statement read: “I, hereby, acknowledge receipt of your letter of April 17, 2018, requesting for information and data on under recovery.
“Your request to me is predicated on a statement purportedly credited to me to the effect that the federal government is spending N1.4 trillion monthly on payment for under-recovery on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) importation.
“Let me for the umpteenth time state that I made no such statement and a previous rebuttal has clarified this. The information you quoted is both incorrect and alarmingly speculative.“
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a human rights activist and lawyer Femi Falana said Kachikwu and Maikanti Baru are allegedly deceiving Nigerians that there was enough fuel to cater for all.
Falana in a statement also urged the federal government to direct the police to monitor the supply of petroleum products and ensure that all saboteurs are arrested and prosecuted.
The statement read: ''Since the assurance was given over three weeks ago, the fuel crisis has been compounded without any solution in sight.
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