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Fuel Scarcity: Lagos Assembly Sends SOS To Buhari

Posted: Apr 6, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwudi Nweje, Lagos

The ongoing fuel scarcity and lack of electricity supply have dealt double edged hardship on Nigerians.

Commercial and social activities are grounded as residents cannot find fuel to either power their generators or move around. As the agony rises, the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday sent a save our souls (SoS) message to the Federal Government and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to proffer solution to the lingering fuel scarcity and its attendant hardship on citizens.

The call followed a motion raised by Mr Sanai Agunbiade and seconded by Mr Segun Olulade, the Majority Leader of the House and the Chairman, House Committee on Health respectively under matter of public urgent importance.

Agunbiade said that workers were lamenting over gridlock caused by fuel queues, even as they also lamented that transportation fare to their offices have increased as commercial vehicle drivers who sourced fuel from the black market jacked up the fare to recoup their cost.

“In Lagos, every minute counts. Many workers now get queries for coming late to work. People now store petrol at homes.

“Prices of goods and commodities are high, and fares have increased. The President should address the issue of fuel scarcity and deal with everyone involved,” he said.

on his part, Olulade said: “A lot of people are facing serious hardship; we have hospitals that cannot provide electricity in case of emergency because of scarcity. The President should address the issue quickly.”

Mr Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, described the situation as ‘’embarrassing’’, noting that the President has all it takes to salvage the situation.

However, the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, who said it was not necessary to start apportioning blames or identifying scapegoats, urged the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the problem.

“I saw people carrying kegs all over the city and I understand that some of them sleep at filling stations.

“The roads from my house were deserted as I was coming to the office and this is a bad signal.

“Mr President should look for a solution; we should not look at the past or blame the Petroleum Minister for what he said recently since he has apologised. We must take action now.

“Whatever it is, our people should get fuel to move around for their businesses. We must avoid whatever can lead to angry mobs. It is becoming so unbearable and it must not be allowed,” he said.

The Speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Ganiu Abiru, to write a letter to President Buhari urging him to find a lasting solution to the problem and make fuel available in Lagos State.