Fuel Scarcity: CNG Calls NLC, TUC, Others For Nationwide Protest

The coalition of Northern Group (CNG) has called on Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANs), Civil Society Organisation (COSs), and other relevant stakeholders against fuel subsidy to start strategizing and mobilizing for a grand nationwide protest.

The group also demands the resignation of the top management of NNPC, Minister of Petroleum, and all other functionaries creating this recurrent problem in the oil sector saying that CNG will commence mobilization in earnest so that all hands must be on deck to confront this problem of national significance.

CNG Director, Strategic Communication, Samaila Musa, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday, appealed to all Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic, religious, regional, or political differences to remain prepared to troop out to the streets en mass to challenge this flimflam.

According to him, our position is that these people are incompetent, inept, and incapable of managing Nigeria’s oil industry effectively for the benefit of all. We call on all well-meaning Nigerians particularly the concerned unions to remain in touch for protest across the country.

The group demand that the importation of adulterated and methanol-blended petroleum should be thoroughly investigated and perpetrators must be identified, prosecuted, and sanctioned appropriately to serve as deterrence to any saboteur.

“We were reliably informed that some influential people in the Presidency, the leadership of the NNPC, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, and some marketers have been orchestrating chaos in a coordinated manner in the petroleum sector after they failed to remove fuel subsidy.

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“From the importation of the adulterated fuel to colluding and hoarding of fuel that resulted in acute fuel scarcity in the country; it is their strategy to torture, strain, and force Nigerians to accept subsidy removal as the last resort when the fuel scarcity persists incessantly.

“The President should understand that some people very close to him and his appointees are the architects of the current fuel paucity in Nigeria. Nigerians, therefore, view this move as the ultimate betrayal and breach of trust unless the President acts swiftly in the interest of the people to reverse this ugly trend”, he said.

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