Nigeria: Bad Fuel – Northern groups withdraw call for NNPC leadership to be sacked
One group, the Concerned Northern Forum, has quashed its earlier call for the NNPC management to be sacked over adulterated fuel imported into Nigeria.
Mallam Ibrahim Bature, chairman of the Concerned Northern Forum and Abdulsalam Kazeem, spokesman for the forum, in a statement to Kaduna said “it has become inevitable to set the record straight as our position has no affiliation or political influence nor was it sponsored by any individual or Our call was born out of patriotism in the face of the hardship occasioned by the scarcity of premium automotive gasoline and the enormous economic impact of bad fuel at a time when the government is struggling with declining revenues.
“Given the new information available to us and the attempts of certain special interests to hijack our request and use our position to blackmail current NNPC management over the current artificial shortage of PMS caused by traders distributing fewer pumps At the same time, we hereby declare that following the operational error of methanol in PMS above our national specifications, which remains an unforeseen problem, we support the call for a thorough investigation ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari and urge the security agencies to conclude the investigation in a timely manner and punish all those responsible.
“We commend the management of NNPC Ltd for taking swift action alerting the nation to the wrong fuel and for taking measured action to recall the wrong product and inject over 700 million liters and the promise of 2 an additional .1 billion liters to fill the gap.”
“We demand that regulatory and safety agencies ensure that petrol stations sell at maximum installed capacity and in the event that a station is found to be sabotaging government efforts, proceeds are distributed free to motorists and this station sealed. We withdraw our notice for the dismissal of the NNPC leadership and nationwide protest, but remain determined to punish importing companies and their officials.”
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