A call has gone to President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately find sustainable and durable solution to the intermittent scarcity of premium motor spirit (pms) in most parts of Nigeria and especially in the Federal Capital Territory so as to end the untold hardship faced by commuters on daily basis.
In a media release jointly endorsed by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Director of Media Affairs, Ms. Zainab Yusuf, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) also tasked the federal government to withdraw operational licences of Independent petroleum marketers who are known to be the main suppliers to the illegal operators of fuel black markets that are booming and springing up in most parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and other states of the Federation.
The pro-democracy group said that the fact that the severe and protracted
scarcity of fuel started barely a week after the bloody post-election violence demonstrates the weakness or total lack of political will on the part of President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle the twin social evils of insecurity of lives and property of Nigerians and instability in the supply of Petroleum products to Nigerian consumers.
HURIWA said the failure of government to revamp existing refineries or build new functional petrol refineries or create the enabling environment for willing and capable investors to establish private refineries is a manifestation of the unwillingness of the federal government to check the proliferation of economic adversities and poverty related problems afflicting millions of Nigerian families even it charged the Federal Government take steps to ameliorate these problems without further delay.
HURIWA said: “It is regrettable that barely a week after the Presidential
election which returned the incumbent President to office for another four
years, the greater majority of Nigerians has been abandoned by government to face two cruel challenges of post-election violence and the ongoing crushing scarcity of fuel. Are these man-made problems the way the current President wants to reward Nigerians for re-electing him?”
The Rights group also stated: “we are shocked that while the independent
marketers of fuel and kerosene are allowed to have a field day by supplying
their products to heartless operators of the many black markets that have sprang up all over the federal capital Territory, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, is ensconced in an ill-advised retreat in far away Obudu cattle Range in Cross River State where the entire machinery of federal government has shifted. The federal government must take decisive steps to ensure that the ongoing artificial scarcity of petroleum products especially premium motor spirit (pms) and Kerosene is brought to an effective end and for all defaulting independent marketers to be brought to book and their operational licences withdrawn.”
HURIWA also said: “Importantly, President Jonathan must hit the ground running by effectively putting up a strong and Competent Executive Council of the federation that will implement economic measures to end the growing circle of poverty among Nigerians and to tackle the high crime rate and the unprecedented rise in violence all across Nigeria”.