Fuel scarcity: Group rescinds call for NNPC GMD’s resignation

The Coalition of Concerned Northern Forum (CCNF) says that there have been misgivings and misreading of their demands, especially by those who profit from crisis situations, for the removal of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kolo Kyari and the prosecution of importers involved in the contaminated fuel.

Recall that the CCNF had called on Kyari and Engr. Farouk Ahmed, the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (MDPRA) to tender their resignation within 72 hours over the persistent fuel scarcity in the country.

The group also demanded that NNPC management make public genuine and comprehensive names of those involved in the current scarcity of petroleum products all over the country.

According to the group, “It has become inevitable to put the records straight that our position has no political affiliation or influence nor been sponsored by any individual or groups. Our call was borne out of patriotism over the hardship occasioned by the scarcity of premium motor spirit and the huge economic impact of the bad fuel at a time government is battling with dwindling revenue.”

The group, in a joint statement issued by its chairman and spokesman, Mallam Ibrahim Bature and Comrade Abdulsalam Moh’d Kazeem, said it backed the call for a thorough investigation as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari and urged security agencies to conclude the probe in good time and sanction all those responsible.

It commended the management of the NNPC Ltd for taking prompt action by alerting the nation on the bad fuel and for taking measured steps to recall the bad product and injecting over 700 million litres and the promise of additional 2.1billion litres to address the shortfall.

The statement demanded that regulatory and security agencies ensure that fuel stations sell at the maximum installed capacity, adding that in the event any station is found to be sabotaging the government’s effort, the product be dispensed free to motorists and such station sealed.

According to the statement, “We withdraw our notice for the sack of the NNPC management and nationwide protest but remain committed to the sanctioning of the importing companies and their officials.”

It lamented the attempts by certain special interests to hijack their demand and use their position to blackmail the present NNPC management over the current artificial PMS scarcity occasioned by marketers dispensing fewer pumps at a time.

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