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Fuel Scarcity Crisis: NANS Threatens Mass Action for Urgent Solutions

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Afor Kenneth 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a stern warning, threatening mass action if the Federal Government fails to promptly address the ongoing fuel scarcity in the nation.

Additionally, NANS has called for the resignation of Mr. Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), should he fail to take decisive steps to resolve the fuel crisis.

Babatunde Akinteye, the Senate President of the association, expressed deep concern in a statement on Monday, highlighting the frustration and helplessness experienced by many citizens, including students, due to the fuel scarcity.

Overtnews reports that in various parts of the country, including Lagos, Nigerians have been experiencing difficulty in accessing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), with numerous filling stations remaining closed over the weekend.

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Despite assurances from the NNPCL that logistics issues causing the shortages had been addressed, queues persist, raising concerns among the populace.

This newspaper gathered that certain filling stations are selling petrol between N700 and N800 per liter, providing an opportunity for black marketers to exploit desperate Nigerians, who may end up paying as much as N1,000 or more per liter.

Consequently, the fuel scarcity has triggered an increase in transportation fares.

Expressing his dismay, the NANS Senate President highlighted the unprecedented challenges faced by students due to the surge in petrol prices and the scarcity of the product.

Babatunde emphasized the urgent need for the NNPCL to take immediate action to resolve the fuel crisis and restore stability. He warned that if the situation persists, students would take to the streets in protest.

He said: “The consequences of this fuel crisis are dire, with electricity supply remaining unreliable, prices soaring, and essential services paralysed. Nigerian students, along with the rest of the population, are bearing the brunt of this crisis daily.

“We demand immediate actions from the NNPCL to resolve the fuel crisis and restore stability to our nation.

“This includes transparency and accountability in providing information about the state of fuel supply and distribution.”

The NANS leader stated that the NNPCL must improve infrastructure and logistics to ensure the efficient distribution of fuel across the country, saying bottlenecks and inefficiencies in the supply chain must be addressed promptly.

“Additionally, the NNPCL should engage with stakeholders, including student representatives, to understand the impact of the fuel crisis and collaborate on solutions.

“If Mele Kyari fails to take decisive action to resolve the fuel crisis, we call for his resignation or removal from office.

“Nigerian students cannot afford to suffer any longer under ineffective leadership. If the NNPCL fails to act swiftly and decisively to address the fuel crisis, Nigerian students are prepared to take mass action,” Akinteye declared.

He further emphasized that it is imperative for the NNPCL to fulfill its mandate and prioritize the well-being of the Nigerian people.

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