The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that if the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) does not immediately contain the fuel scarcity currently experienced in some parts of the country, it will be compelled to tell workers to stay at home.
In a statement issued by its president, Ayuba Wabba, the congress said that the current hardship imposed by the scarcity of petroleum products has hindered the ability of workers to get to their work stations.
Wabba said Nigerians are disturbed by the recurring scarcity of petrol, and are yet to be told what the cause of the current scarcity is.
While expressing optimism that the government will not allow any individual or corporate organisations sabotage efforts to restore sanity and good governance in all facets of the society, the congress said it is obvious that the ongoing scarcity is a calculated sabotage by petroleum marketers to sell the products at high prices for more profits.
The statement reads in part, “Therefore we call on government to strongly intervene by sending out appropriate agencies, especially the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to enforce the sale of the products as some marketers have been reported to be hoarding the products.
“We restate our call for the speedy reactivation of local production of petroleum products as the country will continue to be held hostage by global economic manipulations if we remain tied to importation of petroleum products.”