The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has described the on-going fuel scarcity as a product of the conspiracy between the federal government and oil marketers to increase prices of petroleum products.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the Labour union said the scarcity may have been ignited by those clamouring for the removal of subsidy on petroleum products.
The NLC said its opposition to the planned removal of petroleum subsidy has not change, adding that if government is truly owing marketers, it should pay them immediately as the long queues at fuel stations has led to loss of productive hours
The statement signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba expressed concern over the painful experience Nigerians have been subjected to following the alleged embarrassing tirade between the fuel marketers and government represented by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the actual amount owed the marketers.
It insisted that government owes Nigerians the responsibility of arresting the situation immediately as the Federal Government is fully responsible for the management of the petroleum industry.