By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
Unified Nigerian Youth Forum (UNYF), has following the suffering Nigerians are going through as a result of the fuel crisis called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of State Petroleum, Ibe Kachuku, Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mai Kanti Baru and the Head, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Director General inclusive.
Abdulsalam Mohd Kazeem, President, UNYF, in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna said, “We call on Mr. President to overhaul the entire NNPC managment, by immediately sacking the Minister of State Petroleum, Ibe Kachuku, Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mai Kanti Baru and the Head, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Director General.”
The forum noted that ongoing hardship on Nigerian’s following the current fuel scarcity, was taking a different toll on our nation.
“The unwillingness of those saddle with the responsibilities of importing, monitoring and distribution of petroleum products have further expose 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 saddle with the responsibility of dispensing fuel product, has allegedly paid billions of naira for subsidy, yet Nigerians keep battling with 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 are 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 continued? We appeal to Mr President to used his vast experience in the Oil and Gas sector to end these scarcity now, having sarve previously in different capacity and succeeded, why is he finding it difficult to put in to 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 involve 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.