The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ongoing fuel scarcity across the country.
Tinubu, according to Punch, Nigerians should hold the PDP responsible for destroying the country during its 16-year rule.
He said, “We want to stay focused and redirect Nigeria. We want to reverse the decay of 16 years. We are hearing comments from the PDP left and right. We are saying we want to clear the mess they created. For 16 good years, the PDP destroyed the country. We should not be lamenting over petrol queues today if they had seen what was necessary and done what was necessary for this country.
“We can’t be emotional and live in self-denial. They should have done the Awolowo Road and the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway. If they put priority on our railroad, if they put priority on electricity generation and distribution, we will not be in this mess today.” The APC chieftain dismissed speculation that Nigerians were fed up with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, noting that Nigerians “just want to see the direction of the economic policy and want to be certain of the future”. Tinubu said Nigerians want assurances that the country will not continue the leaderless, directionless and hopelessness of the past 16 years which resulted in the importation of trivial items like toothpicks. He said toothpicks can be made out of bamboo trees found in the country.
“Nigeria does not want to import rice or plastic. Nigeria does not want to continue in the direction of the past 16 years. What did they leave behind in our account? Why should certain things that we bring into this country become our priority? Why do we have to import those things that we can produce?
The country needs surgical operation in the hands of a very honest Nigeria,” he said. Meanwhile, Dr. Babatunde Adeniran, the group executive director (GED) Commercial and Investments of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), now known as NNPC Ventures, has disclosed that the corporation will adopt a two-prong approach to permanently solve the problem of perennial fuel scarcity in the country.
He said the approaches include securing products availability through local refining by the existing three refineries and massive strategic storage of petroleum products in the Corporation’s offshore and on-shore storage facilities.