Fuel scarcity: Arewa youths call for sack of NNPC MD, Mele Kyari, others

The Arewa Youths Alliance for Progress and Development (AYAPD), has called for the sack of NNPC MD, Mele Kyari, Lawal Sade, MD, Duke Oil and others who are responsible for ensuring the availability of fuel in the country.

The network of 47 northern youth groups expressed sadness over the continuous shortage of Premium of Motor Spirit which has resulted in the sale of fuel at over N250 per litre.

The youths lamented that in areas where the product is available, the price is often far above the official subsidized rate, which is not acceptable to Nigerians.

Jamilu Shitu Dunkawa and James Ishaku, Chairman and Secretary of the group in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Kaduna said, “The present circle of the scarcity was officially attributed to the flooding in Lokoja, Kogi State, which blocked the major road linking Southern and Northern Nigeria. Several weeks after the flood has vanished and harmattan dusty breeze is blowing, the situation has remained the same, if not worse.”

It added, “Surprisingly, the energy crisis became well pronounced when we noticed that fueling stations owned by the NNPC LTD are not dispensing fuels. For instance, virtually all the former Oando stations recently acquired do not have the product. If NNPC itself doesn’t have fuel, who else does?”

The statement said the resurgence of long queues in the stations coincided with the security alert of a planned terrorist attack in Abuja by the US Embassy to American Citizens and their staff.

The statement alleged, “We feel strongly that by the inability of Duke Oil LTD to meet the energy demands of Nigerians, they are setting Nigerians up for massive destruction, should the terrorists decides to attack, as alleged by the USA. Nigerians don’t need to gather in one place for obvious reasons.”

“We miraculously survived the scarcity triggered by the importation of adulterated fuel, then, one alluded to the Russia-Ukraine war, during last Sallah celebration, Nigerians were told that it was due to high demand for the product while the present one is been falsely linked to flooding in Lokoja. The deception of NNPC and their trading Company Duke Oil became obvious when Lagos was badly hit by the terrible situation.”

The statement lamented that amid all the history of scarcity, NNPC and their profiteers in the subsidy scam have never agreed to reduce the consumption rate both in times of scarcity and adequate distribution, alleging that, the more the scarcity, the more money the federal government spends on subsidy.

The youths claimed that the National Assembly should be blamed for their inability to make public their findings on the probe of the importation of adulterated fuel that damaged people’s vehicles without adequate compensation.

“We are particularly disturbed that the incompetence of those responsible for the supply of petroleum products would cause unprecedented hardship during the forthcoming Christmas and New Year celebration. It will also trigger inflation and set Nigerians against President Muhammadu Buhari who desires to leave a legacy of overcoming the shame of fuel queues amidst abundant crude oil in Nigeria.”

The statement, therefore, called for the sack of what it called “the incompetent Mr Kolo Mele Kyari who is like the Greek gods with a double face”, saying that on the periphery is a display competence while deep down, he is one of the most incompetent Heads of the NNPC to have been appointed”.

The youths also tasked the DSS and all relevant security agencies to prevail on the people at the NNPC Towers to do their work with diligence, to avoid attracting the wrath of long-suffering Nigerians, adding that special attention should be drawn to those responsible for price control, regulations and enforcement.

“Note that we will vehemently oppose and resist any attempt to increase the pump price of PMS, using whatever guise as presently being speculated,” the statement opined.