The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), yesterday, threatened to mobilise against filling stations hoarding the product.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said Congress had directed all state secretariats to move out and ensure fuel is sold at controlled price of N87 per litre.
Speaking at the Sixth Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), in Abuja, Wabba said the present fuel crisis was artificial, caused by “a cartel.”
He added: “We understand the problem, and as such, we have commissioned our state councils to ensure that whatever fuel is hoarded is sold at the controlled price.
“We are ready to resist those marketers contributing to the crisis and ensure that Nigerians are no longer subjected to their whims and caprices because this idea of subsidy is a hoax.”
The NLC president noted that the present scenario had always been the device marketers employ to force government to pay them more money, stating that if all the filling stations hoarding fuel were selling, the impact would not be as intense as presently being experienced.
Wabba lamented how Nigerians have to cough out between N130-N300 per litre of petrol in different parts of the country, instead of the official price, adding that this showed a clear determination of unpatriotic operators in the petroleum sector working to circumvent government’s regulation through blackmail and other unorthodox methods.
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