By Our Reporter
Labour has highlighted the woes workers are passing through as a result of the ongoing scarcity of petrol.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba said the crisis has affected workers productivity adversely nationwide.
He said: “If you look at the scenario it is a reoccurring decimal, people are facing serious fuel challenges from one day to the other.
“This is affecting productivity; it also put workers on unnecessary and undue pressure because you know that the salary is fixed.
“Anytime there is an increase in any commodity either power or petroleum product certainly it deplete that available income at the disposal of the worker.
“So, it is workers that are at the receiving end and in that way you can see that the workers will begin to come late and the management will say you are coming late without making a redress on the alarm factor.
“Those are the clear issues and I think that government must look at the policies and tackle the situation head long,’’ he said.
He said government must fashion out medium and long term measures that would fixed the problem holistically.
Wabba, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the refineries should be made functional to remove untold hardship the people are going through and to boost the economy.
Meanwhile, the Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Babatunde Adeniran, said yesterday that the fuel crisis will soon be over.
Speaking in Benin after monitoring the sales of petrol in filling stations, he said: “Nobody is happy with what is happening despite all the efforts we have put in place. The bottom line is the amount of Forex available. The problem is not peculiar to Nigeria. Refineries in Europe are changing their configuration from winter to summer.
“Our Refineries are coming up. We can now supply crude to Port Harcourt and Warri. We are making effort to push crude to Kaduna refinery. To push crude to Kaduna will take about 10 days. They are warming up already in Kaduna to receive crude.” He noted.