The Minister of State for Petroleum says difficulties faced by Nigerians in the last two months in getting petrol is regrettable.
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu made the statement on Monday at a Federal Government town hall meeting held in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
He said that efforts were being made to enable motorists drive into service stations with ease and come out with the product.
“Be patient with us, lose not your calm yet. We are getting there very quickly,” he said.
The Minister also offered assurances that the nation’s refineries would work in full capacity under the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
“I am happy to say for the first time in seven years, we commissioned the crude supply pipelines both in Brass, from Brass to Port Harcourt refinery and from Escavos to Warri refinery.
“We are presently pumping crude through the pipeline to Kaduna and Kaduna (refinery) will be back on stream by the end of next week,” he said.
In the face of the short term measures, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu lamented the diversion of petroleum products conveyed in trucks to other countries and called on security agencies to help tackle this challenge.
Kachikwu was at the town hall meeting along with other ministers where they spoke to artisans, traditional rulers, students and a cross section of the public.
The town hall meeting which is an interaction between the government and persons from different sectors of the economy, is expected to hold in six geo-political zones and two other cities, Abuja and Kano.
Other Minsters present were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah and Minister for Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi were also in attendance.
The Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed also made presentations at the meeting