Fuel scarcity: CNPP issues 7-day ultimatum to NNPC


By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to end fuel queues cross the country, warning that at the end of the ultimatum, it will mobilize the organized labour, civil society groups and the masses to occupy the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) until the minister and minister of state resign.

This was contained in a statement jointly issued in Abuja by its National Chairman, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, who was the Second Republic Governor of old Kaduna State and the Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu.

The group maintained that “both the Minister and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources have shown a track record of undeniable and monumental ineptitude in resolving the problems associated with Fuel Scarcity in the last 11 months.

“While the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Ibe Kachikwu, has kept double talking on the issue, the Minister and President Muhammadu Buhari on his part has maintained relative silence.

“About seven months ago, Kachikwu had confessed: “Personally, I will have chosen to sell the refineries, but President Buhari has instructed that they should be fixed.

“After they are fixed, if they still operate below 60 per cent, then we will know what to do. A 90-day presidential ultimatum for the refineries to be fixed ended in December and the deadline was not met.

“In the same vein, the government set April 7 deadline to end the fuel queues being experienced across the country, again, the deadline was not meet.

“After blaming some people who rather than sell products send them into hinterlands where they can sell at ridiculous prices to make quick returns on their investments wrongly, the Ministry few days ago blamed the scarcity on 30% of supply allegedly diverted outside Nigeria.

“The government should be reminded that it has all the security apparatus and personnel to tract the saboteurs and bring them to justice.

“Enough of all the blame games and lack of will to tell Nigerians the truth about the lingering fuel scarcity. If by the end of seven days, and the situation is not addressed, the CNPP shall have no choice but to lead the organized labour, coalition of civil society groups and the Nigerian masses to occupy NNPC until the minister and minister of state resign their positions in the Ministry”, the statement read.

It’s time to transform ideas into reality, says VP Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday in Abuja that time had come for Nigerians to transform brilliant ideas into reality in order to achieve the desired objectives.

Osinbajo spoke when he received a delegation of Nigerian Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), who attended the Indian Manufacturing Conclave, an industrial conference, last month in New Delhi, India.

He said that Nigerians had never lacked ideas.

“Almost all of us are certain about what the country needs to do, but the critical problem is the capacity to get things done.

“What is important is what we do with all the ideas,” the vice president said.

Osinbajo was briefed on the conference’s experiences from the trip shared by members of the delegation on different sectors of the economy, such as power and energy, ICT, maritime, financing, SMEs.

The vice president commended the business leaders for their efforts at the event and the visit to his office.

“Nigerians know what to do, but the time has come to really work on getting things done. The problem has been on how to really get things done,” he told the delegation.

He also called on Nigerians in their different callings and endeavours to work together for the advancement of the country.

The vice president also restated government’s determination to encourage ‘Made in Nigeria’ products including electric meters needed for billing.

He also encouraged linkages between federal research agencies and industry in order to develop local technological innovations.

The leader of the delegation, Mr Osaro Eghabamen, had commended the government for facilitating a public and private sectors’ collaboration regarding the Conclave in India.

This, according to him, enabled the delegation to learn a lot, especially in the areas of ICT, ship building and using SMEs to grow the economy among others.(NAN)



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