CNG laments lingering fuel scarcity crisis, rooftop electricity tariff

CNG laments lingering fuel scarcity crisis, rooftop electricity tariff

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has tasked the presidency and the National Assembly to work together to swiftly address the lingering fuel scarcity crisis and the recent rooftop electricity tariff in Nigeria as posterity would judge them in the end.

The National Coordinator, CNG, Com. Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi, in a press statement expressed concerned about the persistent and debilitating fuel scarcity that has plagued Nigeria recently, causing untold hardship to citizens across the country.

He said they are outraged at the failure of the relevant authorities to address this critical issue that directly affects millions of ordinary Nigerians, resulting in long queues at fuel stations, hike in transportation costs, and untold suffering for millions of law-abiding Nigerians.

According to him,the CNG is dismayed that despite the assurances from the NNPCL, the fuel scarcity has continued to worsen selling above N1000 per liter, leading to skyrocketing prices of goods and services.

He said they are worried that if this situation is not addressed urgently, it could lead to further impoverishment and destitution of the already dejected Nigerians; thus, the CNG demands that the Executive and the Legislative arms need to understand the implications of fuel scarcity on national security and the economy.

“President Bola Tinubu must engage with NNPLC and marketers to pursue an immediate and comprehensive solution to this artificially-created fuel scarcity as a ploy by unscrupulous elements in the system to sabotage it and ooze out the remnant of good life from ordinary Nigerians.

“The CNG argues that excuses from the Marketers and explanations from the NNPLC are flawed and untenable as there are no fundamental disruptions in the system that can warrant current predicament.

“The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the GMD of the NNPLC must explain measures being taken to end the fuel scarcity and ensure that fuel is available to citizens at affordable prices.

“The CNG urges the Federal Government and the National Assembly to take this matter seriously and act with urgency to address the situation as it has the potential to erode lives and livelihoods if left unchecked.

“We warn that if the issue is not decisively dealt with, Nigerians will continue to view them as monstrous and wicked people that are after their personal aggrandizement to the detriment of unsuspecting Nigerians.

“Nigerians may not continue to endure more sufferings due to the incompetence and corruption of a few individuals without due regards to their human dignity and minimum means of economic survival with a fickle prosperity.

“Similarly, the CNG is further alarmed by the perennial electricity blackout and recent tariff hike that have plunged Nigerians into darkness and economic hardship.

“The DISCOs backed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) have continued to charge Nigerians a new exorbitant price of N225 per unit as against the old N68 that the National Assembly instructed them to revert.

“We condemn this as unacceptable and the National Assembly must rise to the occasion utilizing their constitutionally-backed institutional response to ensure the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) comply with their earlier directive of reversing the exploitative tariff on Nigerians,” he said.

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