The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has blamed the federal government for the protracted scarcity of petroleum products in the country, describing government explanations as window dressing.
The union also said while it recognised the fraud in the fuel subsidy regime, it would resist any attempt by government to remove subsidy until necessary paliative measures were put in place to reduce the impact on the populace.
The were part of decisions reached by the union at its national executive council (NEC) meeting held in Port Harcourt yesterday [Dec. 15]. Presenting a 10-point communique issued at the end of the meeting to journalists, the President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese, decried the perennial fuel scarcity currently being experienced across the country and said government was not telling the people the truth.
Achese attributed the cause of fuel scarcity to the manner federal government managed the subsidy, stressing that NUPENG was watching how the policies were implemented. He declared: “The union condemned in its entirety the perennial and persistent fuel scarcity in the country and the hardship imposed on the masses, especially at this festive period.