The Federal Government is working to address the lingering fuel scarcity in the country, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said.
He said that government is also working to address the challenges of epileptic electricity supply and inflation reducing the purchasing power of Nigerians.
The minister made the remark on Wednesday in Abuja when he paid a visit to the Corporate Headquarters of Daily Trust Newspapers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the visit was to engage the media on the policies and programmes of the Federal Government and get feedback on how people perceived those policies and programmes.
Mohammed said that the Federal Government was aware of the hardship these challenges posed to the people and urged them not to lose confidence in the administration President Muhammadu Buhari.
``This government is aware of the hardship, difficulties that people of this country are facing. We are not immune to it. We sincerely sympathise with the people.
``We know that this hardship is caused by the fuel crisis, challenges in the power sector and inflation which we are trying to rectify,’’ he said.
He said that the government had increased the supply of the petrol to five major cities: Port Harcourt, Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Kaduna to end the lingering scarcity.
He said that officials of NNPC had intensified their supervision of filling stations to ensure that no station hoarded petrol or sold the product beyond the official price.