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Fuel scarcity: Baru, Kachikwu should resign or be sacked

The Organizing Secretary Headquarters of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Khalifa Bello Adamu has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru and the Minister of State for Petroleum Dr Emmanuel Kachikwu over the worsening fuel scarcity rocking the country.

He said on Monday in Abuja in a statement that the recent scarcity which has been on since November last year is worrisome.
“Of great concern is the silence on those at the helm of affairs on the cause of the scarcity until date. When it was thought that the scarcity at the tail end of last year was due to the Christmas, well into the New Year, the lack of the commodity is a great cause of worry.
“In fact on a visit to the presidency in December last year, the GMD of the NNPC Maikanti Baru, told State House reporters the Federal Government has tamed the monster of fuel scarcity. Then he said the scarcity was as a result of rumour that fuel price would be increased.
“But having debunked that claim, it is still unclear why the scarcity still persists and neither the NNPC nor the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Emmanuel Kachikwu has not explained to Nigerians what is the problem this time around. Their continuous silence show complicity in the matter for can none of them have come out to address the matter for such a long time.
“It is clear for now that both the NNPC and the Minister don’t have the solution to checkmate this scarcity. They have failed Nigerians and the nation and should resign. In fact all efforts by the Federal Government to check scarcity seem to have been frustrated by the GMD and Kachikwu,” Adamu said.
He said Nigerians are tired of the lack of focus of those at the top echelon of the oil sector and that they should give way for more competent people to drive the sector forward.
He added that if the fuel situation fail to abate in the next one week, the council will be compel to mobilise Nigeria youths to seal the offices of NNPC and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.