The Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned the scarcity of petroleum products across the country , describing it as an act of cruelty and sabotage from which a privileged few are benefiting .
It said the nation had no business importing petroleum products after 60 years of discovering crude oil in commercial quantity .
The NLC President , Ayuba Wabba , said in a statement on Saturday in Abuja that diverse reasons had been given for the scarcity but noted that no reason is good enough for the suffering inflicted on the citizenry due to non – availability of fuel .
He said , “We at the Nigeria Labour Congress consider this scarcity as an act of cruelty and sabotage from which a few privileged are benefitting .
“The timing of this artificial scarcity is not lost on us as it is intended to maximise pain and profit since it is a well known fact that the Christmas season witnesses the biggest movement of people , goods and services .”
“We also consider this scarcity as an insult to the collective pride of all good Nigerians as we ought not to be operating at this philistine level ,” Wabba added .
He insisted that it was time Nigeria got right the business of petroleum products , from upstream to downstream .
“Accordingly, we strongly urge government to fix this problem within the next few days , whatever it takes,” the statement said .