The labour movement in Ekiti State has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to fight the cabals causing persistent oil scarcity in the country.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Saturday, labour, under the auspices of Public Service Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), said what Buhari promised Nigerians was a new lease of life. Sadly, for the past one month fuel scarcity has begun to erode people’s confidence in the administration.
The JNC Secretary in Ekiti, Comrade Ayodeji Oladele urged the Nigerian leader to muster the political will to be able to deal with the cabals in the oil sector bringing unnecessary hardship to innocent Nigerians.
According to him, what the Minister of State for Petroleum and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, 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.
Kachikwu had during the week instructed the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to distribute petrol of any filling stations involved in hoarding to customers free of charge. However, several dealers have refused to sell causing hardship to Nigerians and driving up the pump price of the product.
In some parts of Nigeria, petrol now sells for as much as N250 per litre.