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NLC, TUC blame fuel queues on Kachikwu’s dual roles




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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president, Ayuba Wabba, and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Bobboi Kaigama, said the appointment of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu as both Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, as well as Group General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as being responsible for the perennial fuel queues prevailing in most parts of the country.

Speaking in Abuja recently at a roundtable conference, the labour union leaders said the concentration of power and appointment of one person to these two sensitive offices is depriving the sector of adequate attention from the chief executive.

They two argued that the GMD’s supervisory role of the companies under the corporation has been left unattended to fully, as Kachikwu shuttles between the two offices.

In addition, they noted that the dual role has also consolidated the roles of the chairman of the NNPC Board and that of the management in one man, which is affecting the smooth operation of the system.

Wabba said: “There is no doubt that having one person as both the GMD of the NNPC and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is depriving the NNPC the full attention it need to surmount the fuel queues.

“We have seen over the past three months that the queues have refused to go away, despite all the assurance of the minister.

“It is almost the end of April and the queues are not reducing in places in like Lagos and Port Harcourt, while the prices have ranged between N150 and N300 per litre.

“We believe that a GMD will have more time for the technical matters, while the minister will concentrate his energies on tackling the political and other issues that have to do with do with forex challenges.

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  • Victor Aikhionbare

    This labour guys think they have all the answers. The fact is we haven’t had proper functional refineries for almost 20yrs. Now we are feeling it. Unless you are prepared to pay trillions in subsidies to few people, it doesn’t matter what you do, the fuel issue would from time to time occur until the refineries are fixed and/or new ones built. Appointing 10 GMDs won’t solve the problem.

    • TemmyThorpe ‘sureboi’ Fatayo

      Very spot on….The Labour union disgust me…

  • Damilola

    This political stooges go sha find way trumpet their Lord’s murmurings. Pigs


    Gone are the days when we have reputable leaders in the union, all this feeble minded labour thrash think they have an answer to our problems, where are they when the past government officials & party affilates are sharing the nations wealth within them, are they not getting there own cuts of the cake they would have shout, but now no more bungs coming they want to show us they are relevant, bunch of idiots

  • Mike O

    Our labour leaders are representing themselves. So many casual workers everywhere in Nigeria companies with slave condition of service. Where are you labour union leaders? You are all busy collecting egunje. God will purnish all of you for your insincerity against Nigeria workers. You cannot escape God judgement unless you repent.