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Fuel scarcity a sabotage, says ASUU


 Fuel queue at a filling station at Central Business District Area, Garki, Abuja on Thursday, March 3, 2016. PHOTO: NAN

Fuel queue at a filling station at Central Business District Area, Garki, Abuja on Thursday, March 3, 2016. PHOTO: NAN

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says the persistence fuel scarcity faced by Nigerians is part of the ongoing sabotage in the political system.

Dr Nasir Fagge, the national president of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos after paying a courtesy visit to Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.

Fagge alleged that the fuel scarcity was created by some ‎group of people, who were used to stealing public funds.

He said the saboteurs created the scarcity to build a brick wall for the present administration, for failing to pay subsidy on fuel.

According to him, the government is supposed to consider and analyse all the problems that may arise before removing the subsidy.

“All the problems arising now should have been envisaged and addressed before removing the subsidy.

“Government is supposed to know that some people will try to frustrate its effort and should have pre-empt that,’’ he said.

According to the ASUU president, it is also wrong for political office holders to make unfulfilled promises to Nigerians about when the fuel scarcity will end.

He advised government officials to always inform the citizens about the true situation of an issue‎ on regular basis, rather than toying with their emotions, only to apologise later.

“How will a government official utter conflicting statements that the fuel scarcity will be resolved on April 7, but later said it will be in the second week in April. That is unfair.

“Government officials should be held responsible for their promises and anyone who makes promise and failed to fulfill it should be eased out of the system,’’ he ‎said.

The ASUU president ‎ called on President Muhammadu Buhari, who doubles as the Minister of Petroleum Resources, to urgently save Nigerians from the current hardship the fuel scarcity had brought upon them.

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  • Name Seni

    Now according to our ASSU president this govt has removed subsidy and am very surprise Assu is not protesting like they did 4years ago when the former govt do same. what a shame on unionism and actvitism in Nigeria. Now it has suddenly become sabotage… what it was that you people did then, dr?

    • Muhammad Danjuma Sule

      Why do you expect ASUU to protest like they did 4 years ago when it is quite clear like a broad day light that the present government led by Buhari is more focused, disciplined and has sincerity of purpose. The former PDP government led by Goodluck Jonathan was clueless, unpatriotic and inept.

  • biggestval

    So your president who doubles as the minister of petroleum isn’t inept, clueless and unpatriotic when he chose to invest 20billion on oil exploration in the north after claiming to be a signatory to kyoto accord. Or not being able to ascertain if he should swallow his vomit and stick to the oil swap deal he accused deziani of bastardising in order to make fuel available to every Nigerian. Or isn’t being indecisive to renew the pipeline protection contracts signed under Jonathan to prevent the constant sabotage of the gas and crude channels? You’re so funny!!!