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 the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation,
NNPC, Maikanti Baru and the head,
Department of Petroleum Resources,
DPR.
The group made the call following
the suffering Nigerians are going
through as a result of fuel shortage.
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 Kachikwu, Baru and the
head of DPR’’.
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 responsibility
of importing, monitoring and
distribution of petroleum
products have exposed the lack
of administrative acumen and
weakness by appointees of President
Buhari.”
It is on record that the NNPC which
is saddled 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
months, the longest in the history of
this nation.
“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 at (N220) per litre
above the approved pump price of
N145 per litre except in Abuja and
Lagos, the only two states that the
DPR is practically in existence.
“The Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation 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) to
access just four liters of PMS, while
private, commercial bus drivers
and industries (both local and
internal) can’t even access it at any
cost, imagine 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 the president
to direct the inspector-general of
police to arrest all those involved in
the economic sabotage.
It said the failure of Mr. President
to sack those responsible for ensuring
the non-availability of petroleum
products within seven working days
would lead to a mass protest to their
various offices by members of the
forum.

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