- NUPENG urges Buhari not to remove subsidy.
- Urges him to make sure the four modular refineries are operational.
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to put an end to Nigeria’s reliance on imported petroleum products in order to meet the demand of local consumption.
President of the Union, Prince Williams Akporeha, who made the appeal in Lagos yesterday, said Nigerians would forever remember President Buhari if he could ensure that the issue of imported petroleum products became a thing of the past before the end of his tenure.
Akporeha, who describes the phenomenon as a shame and a serious embarrassment that Nigeria, which is the 6th leading crude oil producing countries in the world depends on imported products to meet local demands.
“How long can we continue to live with the issue of subsidy removal and fuel scarcity? How long can we continue to depend on the vagaries of international crude price to determine the prices of the products we consume locally?
“How long will Nigerians continue with this incessant fuel scarcity and fear of fuel scarcity?,” he queried.
He also noted that the report that Nigeria has spent over N6trillion on subsidy for the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol in the last few years is a serious concern to the citizenry and NUPENG particularly.
Pointing that Nigerians deserve to enjoy the benefits of being an oil-producing country, Akporeha stressed that it will be economically suicidal to completely remove subsidy on PMS without putting in place robust palliatives for the citizenry to cushion the effects on the masses.
“However, NUPENG pleads with President Buhari as a patriot whose love for Nigeria and Nigerians remain undiluted and unquestionable, to use his second term in office to permanently end Nigeria’s reliance on imported petroleum products to meet local demands.
“We are urging Mr President to do all within his powers to ensure that the four public refineries are fully rehabilitated to perform at full capacity, as well as ensure that more refineries come on stream to refine products for not only local consumption but for export as well,” he pleaded.