The United Labour Congress on Monday declared that the current petrol
scarcity being experienced across the country was a clear manifestation
of another failure of leadership in Nigeria.
According to the ULC, its investigations show that the petrol
scarcity is not as a result of panic buying or hoarding, as often
alleged by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, but the product
is in short supply.
It also stated that it would resist any attempt by the government to
increase the pump price of petrol, notwithstanding assurances by the
NNPC that there was no such intention.
This is coming as queues petrol persisted in Abuja and neighbouring states of Niger, Kaduna and Nasarawa on Monday.
In a statement signed by the President, ULC, Joe Ajaero, the union
said, “Our investigations and reports reaching us from our affiliates in
the industry show that the present debacle is clearly a manifestation
of another failure of leadership in Nigeria. It cannot be blamed on any
panic buying nor hoarding as the product is seriously in short supply.
“Importers are not bringing in enough products, while the NNPC is not
in any position to meet the demands of the market. It is, therefore,
neither the fault of the workers in the sector as the Petroleum Tanker
Drivers are assiduously working and lifting available products to the
filling stations, nor workers at the various filling stations and depots
across, who are on standby to discharge their obligations as required.
“Importers cannot bring in products because of bottlenecks created by
the government at the point of procuring foreign exchange, while the
NNPC lacks the capacity to bring in more products that are needed this
The union stated that it was worried by the unbroken chain of
ineffective governance by those who walk the corridors of power in
Nigeria, and declared that it would resist any attempt to hike the pump
It said, “The ULC is afraid that the government may be playing its
old trick prior to raising the price of petroleum products in the
country and we want to warn that Nigerian workers under our aegis will
work assiduously to resist such insensitive intentions.
“This has become a game politicians play against the people but we
vow to work to ensure that the outcome of this time will be in the
favour of Nigerian workers, Nigeria and Nigerians.”
It added, “It is indeed surprising that a government that raised the
pump prices of petroleum products, especially PMS to N145/litre, with
the promise never to allow the return of fuel queues, is sitting on its
rump and giving excuses why the same queues have returned with a
“We believe that there is no excuse strong enough for this government
to give over this worrying situation. Government should fulfil at least
its side of the bargain. That is the only way to go.
It is even worse trying to deflect the blame and push it on the
unions in the sector, which is not true as this truly shows continuous
disrespect for the citizenry that elected these same leaders into
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )