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  • Updated: April 30, 2024

HURIWA slams NNPCL over fuel scarcity

HURIWA slams NNPCL over fuel scarcity

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd, NNPCL,  as incompetent and rudderless to have watched as hoodlums take over the hawking of Petroleum products next to major filling stations at exorbitant rates as thousands of motorists queue up endlessly in fuel stations in parts of Nigeria to buy petrol. 

A statement by it's national Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko on Tuesday noted that, it is a shame that both in front of the corporate headquarters of the NNPCL and  Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, where President Tinubu recently addressed a conference on counter terrorism,  street hawkers of fuel made up of street urchins and hoodlums, loiter around those landmarks selling  procured fuel at highly exorbitant rates.

Onwubiko pointed that it was a wicked act that the nation's sole importer of finished crude oil products has watched without intervening, whereas illegal black market traders have continued to cash in on the scarcity of fuel in organised fuel dispensing stations to extort desperate motorists and other Nigerians searching frantically for fuel to be able to engage in their daily routines.

"It is beyond being described as despicable,  reprehensible,  atrocious and an act of collective punishment to Nigerians by NNPCL that government through the publicly owned NNPCL has failed for close to two weeks to supply fuel to Nigerians but at the same time Nigerians are subjected to several hours of waiting at the filling stations to fill up their car fuel tanks or even purchase essential fuel into their generators for use in their business and housing premises given that the National Grid of the Transmission Company of Nigeria kept collapsing on daily basis and failing to supply sustainable electricity power to Nigerians. 

HURIWA said "from credible reports, we have been told that  hundreds of thousands of stranded motorists and commuters have expressed concern over frequent fuel scarcity in Abuja, and Lagos metropolis. This has resulted in a few commercial vehicles, which led to a hike in fares.

The situation within Lagos metropolis and also at the FCT showed that only a few filling stations were selling, with long queues in most parts.

"The reason NNPCL treat Nigerians with absolute disrespect and crass disregard is because there is no effective oversight activities by the National Assembly with a leadership that is absolutely compromised and bought over by the President who ironically is the senior minister of Petroleum in Nigeria since this administration came on board. 

"The NNPCL'S monopoly in the Petroleum sector of the economy has remained a pathetic show of shame and it is sad that even when the erstwhile NNPC witnessed a corporate  transmutation courtesy of the commercial baptism by the corporate affairs commission which now accredited it partly as a privately administered company.

"Yet President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has on two occasions made appointments into the management of the so-called private company the NNPCL which has yet to overcome the bureaucratic inefficiencies of its old self which is why this current harsh fuel scarcity came and is still in existence without the NNPCL taking any concrete steps to check the impunity of some lawless Petroleum Marketers hoarding petrol products all across Nigeria with a view to forcing a price adjustment which is absolutely intolerable. 

"It is pure wickedness that at a time of mass poverty with over 133 million multidimensionally poor households in Nigeria and with the active absence of the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and poverty alleviation,  the federal government still allowed hoodlums to to take over the selling of fuel to motorists. This is absolutely condemned."

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