FG Deliberately Creating Artificial Fuel Scarcity, Says NLC

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NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba
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Paul Obi in Abuja

As fuel scarcity bites harder across the country, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday said the current scarcity was deliberate to create different options such as privatization and promote the interests of the business community.

It accused the federal government of using the backdoor to create artificial scarcity in order to throw up options that fit into its planned privatization strategy, a move the NLC said was not in the best interest of Nigerians.

NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, in an exclusive interview with THISDAY explained that the on-going fuel scarcity is a big disappointment and shame to the government, and failure on its earlier promises.

Wabba said: “It is deliberate to create scarcity, the present situation has remained. This particular scarcity is deliberate; government has no taken a proactive action to stop scarcity, so it’s deliberate. They have not done enough to prevent this scarcity.”

He decried the untold hardship Nigerians are forced to undergo due to the shoddiness of government in petroleum products distribution, stressing that, until government approach the current scarcity with all seriousness, the situation will remain dire.

The NLC president also maintained that the continuous excuses by Minister of State for Petroleum; Dr Ibe Kachukwu on the scarcity amounted to disservice to the nation, considering that, Nigeria should not be found in such critical situation.

Wabba stated “it’s about people taking responsibility, if he cannot handle it, those things can be handled effectively. The excuses the minister is giving, I don’t think Nigerians can continue to bear such excuses,” he said.

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  • Asuk

    The present NLC IS SLEEPING.

  • William Norris

    The scarcity is caused by NLC.

    If fuel subsidies had been abolished in Jan 2012 and the downstream/retail fuel sector had been privatized & deregulated, there would be no fuel scarcity today. There would be robust private companies that would have built refineries, created jobs and tax revenue for government.

    NLC is part of the problem.

  • MI

    Nonsense!!!!

  • Anuoluwapo Oladipo

    It pains me when so called leaders “in this case NLC President” criticizes without providing solutions. What one can only deduce from what Ayuba said is that he spoke in english “queens english for that matter”
    This scarcity is as a result of government not having agenda to continue to pay for subsidy and with NNPC suddenly becoming the sole importer of refined petroleum products yet lacking the capacity. It is also as a result of sabotage of pipe-lines such that contents of cargoes cannot be pumped across the nation to NNPC depots.
    The way forward is for government to ruthlessly summon courage and posses the will to protect pipe-lines at any cost whatsoever including bulldozing some communities away from the right of way of these pipe-lines. Some swaps must also be evacuated.
    Secondly, government must withdraw the license of middlemen operating tank storage firms in Apapa Lagos Nigeria.
    NNPC can then look into quickly building the capacity for storage tank firm around Lagos in the interim until pipe-lines are effectively policed.
    The long term solution is to get our refineries working at full capacity and to commission new ones i.e. Dangote Refinery which will make Nigeria self sufficient in refined petroleum products.

  • Seriki Samuel Adinoyi (Jos)

    Stories!! That is what we hear everyday. Nigerians need fuel. It’s a shame that we can’t get what we produce

  • Ogooluwa George

    Well it is one of the manifestos of change mantras.