Fuel scarcity is to blackmail Nigerians-NLC

The current artificial fuel scarcity in parts of the country is to blackmail Nigerians into accepting higher fuel prices and pressure the National Assembly (NASS) to discontinue the probe into the wholesale in the oil industry. The contrived scarcity is an unholy alliance between major oil marketers and various government agencies.

The claim Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria and the Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria patriotic probe into the corruption-ridden oil sector NASS has created “uncertainties” and of confidence financial institutions which has translated into fuel scarcity, is ridiculous. Banks cannot be scared to work with honest businesses as the marketers are claiming, and the country cannot be blackmailed to allow fraudsters continue to dominate the oil sector.

is unacceptable to the that marketers and the Government will contrive to push the price of a litre of petrol (PMS) back to N140 under the guise of fuel scarcity. We also assure the National Assembly that Nigerians are solidly behind its probe into the age long theft of oil wealth and the fleecing of the country through the inflation of the subsidy on fuel. The future of country lies in ability, determination and the political will to tackle the endemic corruption that has become cancerous and is threatening our existence.

is ironic people who contributed to the present state of affairs in the oil industry are those claiming to be sanitizing by setting up a plethora of committees allegedly to cleanse the industry. These committees which are mainly political patronage, are creating a new bureaucracy in Government and up the cost of governance contrary to ’s January 16, 2012 pledge to the country cost of governance will be reduced.

The again reiterates that the Jonathan administration has no alternative but to live up to its promise that Nigerians will richly reap the dividends of the fuel price hike. The claims by some government officials that the mass protests by Labour and it’s allies which to the reduction of a litre of PMS N140 to N97 has made the fulfillment of the promise impossible is childish. it is like a dull, in attentive pupil blaming the teacher for his failure. Nigerians are not interested in excuses; they demand and deserve good governance and the dividends of democracy.

Owei Lakemfa
Acting General .
Sunday 26th February, 2012


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