Fuel shortage: let workers work from home – former president of PENGASSAN
A labor activist, Mr Peter Esele, advised on Friday that the continued fuel shortage in the country should be treated like the coronavirus pandemic. Esele, former President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Executives Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Benin, Edo State.
He said people who could work from home, as was done at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, should be allowed to do so.
“By this I mean that the government and employers who know their employees can work from home should allow them to do so.
He also advised that as the shortage persists, if possible, the number of days employees go to work should be reduced.
“These can be used as a temporary measure because it is really difficult there and the transport rates have increased, some by 100%.
“It also affects productivity because if you look at the faces of Nigerians in the queues at the various bus stops, you notice that everyone is angry.
“It also affects our mental health, because the pressure is so high. “So the government has to find a way around everything,” he said.
While also advising Nigerians to only go out if it is extremely necessary and important, Esele called on the government to do everything to make the product Fuel Shortage: Let Workers Work from Home — Ex-Chairman of PENGASSAN available.
“The government should also ensure that the actual price at the depot is the one paid. Because one of the main reasons for this scarcity is that most petrol stations no longer sell fuel at 162.5 N per liter. And that’s because the ex-depot price has been increased. Now the question is who authorized such an increase?
“They are not supposed to make an increase because the payment of subsidies is still ongoing,” said the former president of PENGASSAN. He noted that although there were no products at many gas stations, the black market was thriving due to the availability of products for them.
Esele also identified racketeering as another major reason for the country’s gasoline shortage.
He said that while some people were transporting the product out of the country, others were selling the product at higher prices.
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“Racketeering is another reason why this shortage persists. Some petrol stations sell up to 200 naira per litre, some 185 naira, and you start wondering why they are selling at that price. “Then there are a few that sell for N165. This is where you will find lines of cars that stretch for up to a kilometer. So it’s really hard.
“I hope this will be sorted out as soon as possible and NNPC will find a solution to all this. “And my prayer again is that Dangote Refinery will appear as soon as possible because if you cannot meet your local consumption, you are taken hostage. Right now we are being held hostage,” he said.
Esele, also a former Trades Union Congress (TUC) President, further said that although the price of crude oil has risen between $100 and $113 per barrel, Nigerians may not yet feel the benefits.
Nigerians Subjected to Artificial Suffering — ASUP In a similar vein, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has expressed concern over the current fuel shortage, saying it has subjected Nigerians to artificial suffering. artificial suffering.
This was contained in a statement after a meeting of the union’s Area “A” executive council in Dutse, Jigawa state. In the statement, made available to reporters by Zone Publicity Secretary Basiru Yusuf, ASUP lamented that the arbitrary hike in fuel prices and the influx of off-specification petroleum products had crippled social activities and economics of Nigerians.
According to the press release, the level of inflation, aggravated by the incessant increase in electricity tariffs and raw material prices, is of great concern to the union. ASUP denounced the insecurity it said was sweeping the country, particularly regarding the disregard for the sanctity of life by criminals in the form of rural banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, communal/religious confrontations and secessionist agitations.
He called on government at all levels to take decisive action to address all security challenges in Nigeria “because what is happening today directly affects academic activities, especially in northern Nigeria where some schools and colleges are closed.