Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the prevailing scarcity of petroleum products across the country leading to avoidable pain and suffering, saying â€œno reason is good enoughâ€.
The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, in a statement yesterday, described the current scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in major cities of the country as an act of cruelty and sabotage. â€œDiverse reasons have been given for this scarcity but no reason is good enough for the present wave of suffering inflicted on the citizenry via scarcity of petroleum products.
â€œWe at the Nigeria Labour Congress consider this scarcity as an act of cruelty and sabotage from which a few privileged are benefitting,â€ Wabba said.
According to him, â€œthe timing of this artificial scarcity is not lost on us as it is intended to maximise pain and profit since it is a well-known fact that the Christmas season witnesses the biggest movement of people, goods and services.
He also considers â€œthis scarcity as an insult to the collective pride of all good Nigerians as we ought not to be operating at this philistine and pristine level. More than ever before, we should get right the business of petroleum products, from the upstream to downstream.
â€œWe have made the point without number that we have no business importing petroleum products after 60 years of discovering in commercial quantity, crude oil in our shores,â€ he added.
To this end, NLC urged the government to fix this problem within the next few days, whatever it takes!