In case you have been hoping that the fuel scarcity presently being face by the country will soon be over, you might want to start having a rethink. Of course the assurances have kept coming from the government that the fuel scarcity would soon be over. However, their language is beginning to change.
According to investigations by the House of Representatives into fuel scarcity across the country, it has been revealed that the scarcity would last till the first quarter of 2013. This is coming just as House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) disclosed that some oil marketers were fraudulently indebted to the Petroleum Equalisation Fund to the tune of billions of naira.
The chairman of the committee, Honourable Dakuku Peterside, who presented the report to the House, affirmed that relevant government agencies should be blamed for the fuel scarcity, adding that they did not provide accurate data on consumption need of Nigerians to the government.
The report also revealed that the scarcity would continue to linger, owing to the collapse of System 2B, “which distributes about 70 per cent of petroleum products across the country.”
Those behind the removal of fuel subsidy, it can be imagined, would be somewhere now, saying: didn’t we tell you? A lot of Nigerians are already buying petrol for well over a hundred naira without the slightest complaints!