ByAchadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Group, under the aegis of Unified Nigerian Youth Forum, UNYF, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mai Kanti Baru and the Head, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Director-General inclusive.
The group made the call, following the suffering Nigerians are going through, as a result of the fuel shortage crisis.
President of UNYF, Abdulsalam Mohd Kazeem, in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna said, “We call on Mr. President to overhaul the entire NNPC management by immediately sacking Ibe Kachikwu, Mai Kanti Baru and the Head of Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Director-General, respectively.”
The forum noted with dismay, the growing hardship on Nigerians, following the current fuel scarcity, saying “it has started taking a different toll on our nation.”
“The unwillingness of those saddled with the responsibilities of importing, monitoring and distribution of petroleum products that have further exposed the lack of administrative acumen and weakness by the appointees of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
It is on record that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which is saddled with the responsibility of dispensing fuel product, has allegedly paid billions of naira for subsidy; yet, Nigerians have kept battling with fuel scarcity for the past three (3) months, the longest in the history of this nation.
“Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has continuously lied to Nigerians about the availability of petroleum product (invisible products).
“Why is there scarcity of PMS? Strangely, petrol is available in every other state where it is criminally sold (N220 per litre) above the approved pump price (of N145 per litre) except in Abuja and Lagos, the only two states the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) is practically in existence.
“Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, should tell Nigerians the whole truth about the present situation, because these stories of diversion, sabotage, by depot owners and the cabal theory can no longer hold up with the suffering masses.
“It takes two-to-three days for a motor circle rider (okada man) to access just four litter of PMS, while private, commercial bus drivers and industries (both local and internal) can’t event even access it at any cost; imaging the economic effect of this scarcity on all sectors of our economy.
“For how long will all these continue? We appeal to Mr. President to use his vast experience in the Oil and Gas sector to end this scarcity now. Having served previously in different capacities and succeeded, why is he finding it difficult to put into practice the experience he acquired some years back?”
The forum called on Mr. President to direct the Inspector-General of Police to arrest all those involved in the act of economic sabotage.
It said failure of Mr. President to sack those responsible for ensuring the availability of petroleum product, within 7 working days, would lead to a mass protest to their various offices by members of the forum.