Fuel Scarcity: Nigerians are paying for the sins of Goodluck Jonathan – Minister
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, on Monday said the present fuel queues across the country were Nigerians way of paying for the sins of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
He made the remark while fielding questions from journalists at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
Muhammed briefed journalists in the company of Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma.
The minister noted that Jonathan’s administration failed to make provision for fuel subsidy as far back as August 2014.
The present fuel scarcity, he said, is not as a result of unavailability of the product in the country, but due to distribution problem.
He said: “What I will be telling Nigerians is that what we met on ground is such that we are paying for the sins of the last administration. I am being very serious. You remember that about two weeks ago, we had to go to the National Assembly for a supplementary budget of N674 billion.
“Of that figure, N522 billion was for arrears of fuel subsidy which was incurred as far back as August last year. One of the reasons for the fuel scarcity was the inability of the last government to make adequate provision for fuel subsidy.
“We do face some other logistic problems but majorly we are paying for the sins of the last administration.”