APGA blames fuel scarcity on corruption, urges Buhari to appoint substantive minister

The National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Oye, has blamed the current fuel scarcity in the country on corruption and confusion in country’s petroleum industry.
Oye said this, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday, in Awka.
He said that it was unfortunate that the cartel that was responsible for the hardship inflicted on Nigerians had not been defeated, but were rather dictating the pace in the system.
Oye said there was a need for clear delineation of powers and functions of the offices of the Minister of State for Petroleum and that of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Oye described scarcity as a seasonal period, when the poor suffered, so that the rich could be richer, adding that it was beyond the control of filling station operators.
“There are a lot of factors affecting fuel distribution in Nigeria and this bothers on sharp practices in the various agencies involved in the system like the Petroleum Products Pricing
Regulatory Agency, Department of Petroleum Resources and the NNPC.
“We hear about corruption is responsible for the problem of fuel distribution in this country,
“What we have now is the consequence of the rot in the petroleum industry, when you keep pilfering a system, there will come a time when the entire system will feel the pressure.
“When we hear about billions of dollars, about the size of our external reserve not being properly accounted for by the NNPC, few persons are having money and houses all over the world, without questions about how they got such money.
“There is cartel in the oil industry. As we are groaning now, they are smiling to the bank.
“My definition of scarcity is the time of the year when the poor suffers for the rich to enjoy, that amount you pay on top of N145 per litre goes to the pockets of this cartel or cabals,” Oye said.
“We need to know the powers available to the Minister of State for Petroleum and what powers are at the disposal of the NNPC GMD, the conflict between the two offices is accountable for what we are witnessing today,” he said.

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