Labour in Ekiti State have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to fight the cabals causing persistent fuel scarcity in the country, for his change agenda to be felt in the country.
The Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, said a one month petrol scarcity has begun to put to question, President Buhari’s popularity and the confidence Nigerians reposed in his government to bring desired changes in the system.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, the JNC Secretary in Ekiti, Comrade Ayodeji Oladele, said what Buhari promised Nigerians was a new lease of life, urging him to muster political will to be able to deal with cabals in oil sector bringing unnecessary hardship to innocent Nigerians.
Oladele posited that what the Minister of State for Petroleum and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, told Nigerians was that there was sufficient petrol in circulation, which suggested that the product was being hoarded to force the price up for marketers to make outrageous profit.
The JNC Scribe, who is also the Southwest Coordinator of the Agriculture and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria, said: “When the minister was leading a task force to effect compliance in Abuja last week, what he said was that the product was being hoarded.
“He even visited some petrol stations and checked their underground tanks to ascertain their compliance with the directive of the NNPC.
“Now that the government clearly knows that some people are out to sabotage the government, going by what the minister said, it is instructive for President Buhari to take decisive action against these oil merchants who have entrenched themselves in the system, causing problems for successive governments,” he said.
Meanwhile, petrol scarcity has begun to bite harder in Ado Ekiti metropolis, as most independent petrol stations now perform dusk operation, which only last for between 5a.m and 6.30pm.
Long queues being noticed in few stations that were ready to sell the product, petrol could only be bought at evening time by motorists in many of the stations, with the exception of NNPC and its subsidiary stations.
The threat issued by Governor Ayodele Fayose, last week, that any station found hoarding the product will be sealed off has no effect for now, as petrol dealers continue their skeletal services selling at prices between N105 and N110 per litre.


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