Fuel Scarcity: Let Workers Work From Home —Ex-PENGASSAN President

Fuel Scarcity: Let Workers Work From Home —Ex-PENGASSAN President

A labour activist, Mr Peter Esele, on Friday, advised that the lingering fuel scarcity in the country be treated like the coronavirus pandemic. Esele, a former president of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Benin, Edo State.

He said that persons who could work from home as was done during the early days of coronavirus outbreak should be permitted to do so.

“By this, I mean that government and employers who know their workers can work from home should allow them do so.

He also advised that as the scarcity continues, if possible, the number of days that employees go to work should be reduced.

“These can serve as a temporary measure because, out there, it is really tough and the fares for transportation have increased, some by 100 per cent.

“This is also affecting productivity, because if you look at the faces of Nigerians at the various bus stops’ queues, you notice that everybody is angry.

“This is also affecting our mental health, because the pressure is just so much. “So, the government needs to find a way around everything,” he said.

While also advising Nigerians to only go out if extremely necessary and important, Esele called on the government to do everything to make the product Fuel scarcity.

“The government should also ensure that the actual price at the depot is what is paid. Because one of the major reasons for this scarcity is that most gas stations no longer sell fuel for N162.5 per liter. And this is because the ex-depot price has been increased. Now the question is who authorized such an increase?

“They are not supposed to carry out any increase, because subsidy payment is still being made,” the former PENGASSAN president said. He noted that although there were no products in many petrol stations, the black market was thriving due to availability of product to them.

Esele also identified racketeering as another major reason for petrol scarcity in the country.

He said that while some persons were moving the product out of the country others were selling the product at increased prices.

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