There seems to be no end in sight regarding scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly known as petrol in Nigeria, as long queues reappeared in different parts of the country, like Lagos.
Fuel queues in many parts of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve Centre, very early in the morning.
This has become a common sight in many parts of the state.
Since the latest scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol started towards the end of 2022, many wished the nightmare would go away.
But this seemed to be far from happening, as the problem lingered into the new year.
Henry, a Lagos-based entrepreneur, looks devastated.
He left his house at about 3:30 in the morning, only to meet a long queue at one of the fuel stations in Ikeja.
Just like Henry, other motorists share their bitter stories.
Even in the broad day light, the fuel queues persist, causing traffic gridlock in various parts of the state.
A quick stop at some fuel stations in Lagos, showed that only a few still maintained the approved pump price of 175 naira per litre.
With the rising fuel scarcity, comes some ripple effects on the cost of living.
Prices of food items are going up, so also is the cost of transportation, which has compounded the pains of commuters.
As Nigerians grapple with this ugly reality, they hope that the product will be made available, to lessen the stress faced by citizens at endless fuel queues.
REPS CHARGES CBN ON NEW NOTES DEADLINE, ADVANCES BILLS
The House of Representatives on Tuesday called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to extend deadline for its new naira policy to July 31st.
A 14-Man ad hoc Committee led by House Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, is to meet with the Managing Directors of Commercial Banks who complain of shortage of the new naira notes and the Central Bank Governor.
In October, 2022, the Central Bank of Nigeria announced plans to redesign N1000, N500 and N200 notes.
This was designed to improve the security of banknotes, control currency in circulation, mitigate counterfeiting and reduce the overall cost of currency management.
The bank insists the policy was long overdue and has become absolutely necessary.
But many Nigerians see the move as one of the measures by government to check outflow of funds, especially ahead of the 2023 general election.
But while many citizens applaud the policy, they raise concerns about the non availability of the new naira notes which became legal tender on December 15.
Barely one week to the deadline of currency swap, lawmakers lament the new naira notes are not in circulation
Rising on a matter of urgent public importance, Katsina member, Sada Soli, says the currency swap should be phased within one year
Other members are also in support of an extension of the currency swap
A bill by Edo lawmaker, Sergius Ogun to amend the Fiscal Responsibility Act and another seeking to establish the Federal College of Agriculture, Ukanafun, in Akwa Ibom State, sponsored by Unyime Idem, passed second reading
FLIGHTS RESUME AFTER WORKERS STRIKE
Air passengers both local and international can now heave a sigh of relief as normalcy is gradually returning to airports across the country as seamless passenger facilitation has commenced.
This is coming on the heels of the suspension of strike by aviation unions over the review of salaries of its members in the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company, NAHCO.
The strike was called off after three hours meeting between the unions, the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, and the management of the company.
Flight operations were grounded on Monday morning following the industrial action embarked on by the staff of NAHCO over failure to review their current salaries since June 2022.
Flight disruption due to the strike left scores of passengers both local and foreign stranded at the Lagos airports which spilled over to airports across the country.
Speaking on the strike, Secretaries General of the Unions in NAHCO, the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, Comrades Ocheme Aba and Frances Akinjole noted that its members embarked on the strike because the NAHCO management handled their seven-day ultimatum with kid gloves.
According to them, the management also continued to play on their intelligence through rescheduling of purposeless meetings.
In an agreement reached at the end of the meeting, all staff have been directed to resume work immediately, negotiation of all workers’ welfare to start Wednesday this week and NAHCO management decided to withdraw the suit and vacate the earlier court order obtained.
Reacting to the strike, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Mr. Nnaji Nnolim earlier in a statement had appealed to the unions and management of the company to dialogue and avert further disruption to aviation activities.
Mr. Nnaji urged the union to douse its agitation and show concern for the pains the action would bring on innocent Nigerian travellers both locally and internationally.
Responding to the development, the Group Executive Director, NAHCO, Dr. Olusola Obabori said, the Company engaged the Unions and other stakeholders because they understand the power of negotiation.