The Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, dispelled rumors that the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) will be increased.
He gave this rationalization while addressing state house correspondents at the end of the Federal executive council (FEC), that was presided over by vice president Yemi Osinbajo.
He aforesaid that the Minister of petroleum (State), Ibe Kachikwu, would be informed, however, had to travel for an urgent meeting so as to resolve the petroleum scarcity within the country.
”Government has no intention in the least to extend the pump price of PMS; the minister has assured the council that there’s enough merchandise for the next one month even to end of January,’’ the minister declared.
According to him, there is usually more demand for petrol product during the yuletide which explains the scarcity of the product during the period.
Mohammed said that the council had given a marching order to the petroleum minister (State) that the fuel crisis in the country should not last beyond the weekend.
He said that the minister had given assurance to ensure that the problem was contained.
On digitization, the minister said that the migration from analog was on course.
He said that the digital switchover (DSO) platform in Ilorin would soon be inaugurated while those in Kaduna, Osogbo, and Enugu were also ready for inauguration.
”We hope that in the next couple of weeks we are going to inaugurate these DSOs.
“The idea is that in the next few weeks we will inaugurate one DSO in one state in each of the regions of the country,’’ he said.
Mohammed observed that there were challenges the country was working on especially the issue of setting up boxes as the government was not in a position to subsidize 40 million set-up boxes.
”We are looking at bringing down the cost of the boxes at the same time not lowering the quality of those boxes.
“I think the setup manufacturers are working very hard to bring the cost from 40 dollars to 20 dollars and we are also working with the governors and local government chairmen to see how we can collaborate.
“They can buy more boxes while we use our technology to ensure efficient payment of television licenses,’’ the minister said
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