23 April 2016
At a roundtable conference in Abuja, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Bobboi Kaigama, came to the conclusion, stating that the assignment of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu as both Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and General Manager of the NNPC is the major cause of the unending fuel queues facing the country.
The conclusion was drawn based on the following arguments:
– Kachikwu moving back and forth between two offices provides him with less time to focus on the GMD’s supervisory role of the companies under NNPC.
– ONE man bearing the responsibilities of the Chairman of the NNPC board, as well as that of the management, owing to his dual role capacity, is adversely affecting the operations 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 needs 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 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 has to do with forex challenges.”