As the fuel scarcity continues to defy every solution despite assurances by the relevant authorities that there is enough product to last the country for 24 days, the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and oil marketers of conniving to inflict untold hardship on Nigerians.
The union, therefore, called on the NNPC and oil marketers to come out and tell Nigerians the truth behind the lingering cause of fuel scarcity in the country.
NUPENG warned that fuel scarcity will not abate anytime soon until the government convenes a roundtable meeting of stakeholders to tackle the issue headlong.
The President of NUPENG Mr. Igwe Achese, in a statement yesterday, insisted that he found it difficult to understand the continued scarcity of products, as members of the union were taking fuel to their destinations from the depots.
While debunking insinuations that NUPENG was involved in product diversion, Mr. Achese said past efforts to convince the Federal Government and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, to convoke a stakeholders’ conference to address the problem of fuel scarcity, fell on deaf ears.
According to the statement, “NUPENG debunks the insinuation that its members are involved in fuel diversion, resulting into fuel scarcity. The allegation is false as its members are loading petroleum products to their destination.
“The persistent scarcity of fuel is being caused by the NNPC and oil marketers who are conniving and collaborating to bring untold hardship to the populace. We saw this prolonged scarcity of petroleum products coming and called for a stakeholders meeting of all bodies to brainstorm and proffer solutions to the challenge, but the NUPENG outcry was just in vain.”
“All efforts to convince the Federal Government and the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources to a roundtable to proffer solutions to this scourge was met with brick walls. The current fuel scarcity will be prolonged if this meeting is not convened to address the issue very well and end the unnecessary suffering on the masses of this country, who go out to queue for fuel, wasting productive man-hours in filling stations”.