The Federal Government has directed the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to end the fuel queues in the country by the end of this week.
The directive was issued on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council which held inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, briefed State House correspondents after the meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who was on a working visit to Kano State.
He said Dr Kachikwu who was meant to give a brief on the outcomes of the meeting was attending another crucial meeting to end the long fuel queues witnessed across the country
The minister said that government was never planning to increase the pump price of petrol at any time and would never support any such move.
“The government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS),” Mr Mohammed said.
“He (Kachikwu) has assured us and I think the Council gave him a marching order, that this thing should not last beyond this weekend and they are going to work very hard to ensure that it is contained,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, informed reporters that the Council has approved six new private universities in some parts of the country.
He said: “The Ministry of Education presented a memorandum to the Federal Executive Council on the establishment of six new private universities, and it has been approved.
“The issue of quality assurance, issue of standard, and the issue of accreditation will be looked into very seriously.”
The newly-approved universities include Admiralty University, Ibusa, Delta State; Spiritan University, Nneochi, Abia State; and Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Others are Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Atiba University, Oyo State; and Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences, Lagos.