50 Civil Society Groups Threaten Showdown, Plan to Lockdown Nigeria Over Lingering Fuel Crisis

50 Civil Society Groups Threaten Showdown, Plan to Lockdown Nigeria Over Lingering Fuel Crisis

  • Some Nigerians known as Network of Civil Societies for Economic Sustainability have vowed to shut down the country
  • According to the groups, their members will be forced to take action if the federal government fails to end the nationwide fuel scarcity
  • Members from across the states were being mobilised to converge on Abuja next week for a showdown

Concerned citizens under the auspices of Network of Civil Societies for Economic Sustainability (NCSES), have vowed to ground socio-economic activities in Abuja and across the country should the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), fail to end the nationwide fuel scarcity or provide satisfactory answers to its letter of complaint.

NCSES had in a letter addressed to Mele Kolo Kyari, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), and signed by Comrade Mohammed A. Shuaibu, convener, Comrade Nwogwugwu Bright co-convener respectively stressed that Nigerians were suffocating as a result of the fuel scarcity and hike in price, Punch Newspaper reports.

Fuel scarcity in Nigeria
Some Civil Society Groups have vowed to lock down Nigeria over current fuel scarcity. Photo credit: Mobola Abayo
Source: Facebook

Mobilisation ongoing

One of the organisers who hinted on the planned action disclosed that already members from across the states were being mobilised to converge on Abuja next week for a showdown since its 48 hours ultimatum to the NNPCL elapsed on Thursday, February 2,2023. Our source further disclosed that the high-level strategic meeting which was held in Area 3, Garki Abuja is working towards making the protest a countrywide one since it is an unmitigated national crises. He said that the protest will be massive as many citizens who are suffering as a result of the petroleum crisis are ready to join in the march which will ground Abuja and many cities across Nigeria.

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The statement read in part.

“We have received several letters from affiliate organizations demanding protest and mass action due to the unavailability of Premium Motor Spirit {PMS} and the outrageous hike in the price. The argument ranges from the inability of NNPC Ltd to make petrol available, diversion of products, racketeering, inability to control the price, and the failure to explain the reasons for the scarcity.

“We appreciate our place in nation-building as society Gatekeepers, and we consider it a patriotic engagement to seek clarifications on the above complaints. Our deliberation and final consultations are ongoing, and we hope that before our final choice of date for action is made, your response would have reached us.
“Sir, as we await your timely response which is expected within Forty-Eight (48) hours, our cooperation and support are assured. Thank you for your understanding."

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) disclosed this in a statement posted on Twitter.

Following the termination, NNPC Limited will now assume ownership of Addax Petroleum's assets through its subsidiary, Antan Producing Limited.

Source: Legit.ng

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