The National Association of Nigerian Students has condemned recent fuel shortages in some states of the Federation.

In a statement on Monday, the student group asked the federal government to keep the country’s refineries running. It further bemoans the hardship the fuel crisis is causing Nigerians amid skyrocketing living costs.

in the obtained statement fistThe NANS, signed by its national public relations officer Giwa Temitope, said: “Nigeria is once again beset by severe fuel shortages. For several days, petrol stations across the country have been selling Premium Motor Spirit (gasoline) between N190 and N210 per litre. ), while the assumed official price is N167.

“At the same time, some petrol stations were purposely closed to make room for a black market boom and to force citizens to buy at N350 and N400 per litre.

“In all of this, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, which is supposed to carry out monitoring duties, has lost its role.”

NANS said pepper grinders, hairdressers, transporters (motorcyclists, tricycle drivers, motorists) were counting their losses because they could raise prices without affecting customers.

“And, typically, as the naira depreciates against the US dollar (N801 to the US dollar), commodities and commodities will soar, with consequences for the lives of Nigerians,” it added.

“We understand that the first and most obvious problem for the downstream industry is the desolate state of the country’s four refineries, all of which have been claimed by this government to be back in production. Unfortunately, this is just an attempt to sell the Nigerian people again lie.

NANS said it was not in the interest of the people to authorise privately owned refineries.

“It is on this basis that we demand that the federal government must get these refineries up and running again. It is not in the interests of the Nigerian people to grant licenses to private interests that own refineries, who have a major stake in the refining, storage and distribution of petroleum products. dominance, which will only exacerbate the crisis in the oil industry.

“Some say that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is the most corrupt and useless government agency in the country, considering the Natural Resource Governance Institute’s report,” NANS claimed.

“We’ve learned how the NNPC’s accounts are unaudited and how the agency is spending billions of dollars in revenue without resorting to due process. The NNPC’s condoning corrupt practices by oil crooks is mocking Nigeria as the world’s largest oil producer one of the producing countries.

“Just a few weeks ago, a boat carrying illegal fuel was seized by a private security company of the former militant government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo. The Nigerian military did not properly investigate it and bring those behind it to justice, Instead, the ship was set on fire. We believe this was an attempt to cover up. In addition, we learned how a pipeline that was illegally diverting deep-sea fuel was unraveled a few weeks ago, and until this point, no arrests have been made. We can go on.

“As an association, we would like to stress that this is not the kind of change that the Nigerian people signed on to; the country is in a very chaotic situation right now,” it added.

Student groups therefore seek: “Reverse old prices now; oppose deregulation; FG must get refineries back up and running; say no to marketers’ tyranny.”

Fuel scarcity has swept across different parts of Nigeria recently, forcing motorists to spend hours at petrol stations while fighting to get their hands on the product, the PUNCH report said.



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