The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Abdulsalam Motor Parks, Minna, Niger, has called for the setting up of mobile courts to prosecute “black marketers’’.
- The Union’s Vice Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Na’ura, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Minna.
- He advised the government and all relevant agencies to investigate the sources of supply of the products to black marketers and make them face similar sanctions to address the continued artificial scarcity of the product.
- Na’ura said that in Minna, many attendants at fuel stations had their agents in strategic locations in and outside the state capital to supply them with the products.
- “While motorists spend nights at filling stations, attendants are seen diverting the products to black marketers.”
- He lamented that petrol was now being sold for between N190 and N200 per litre in Minna, depending on the location of the station.
What we think: The NURTW has made the right move, going against sale of petrol through the “back door”. Unlike where they prefer to encourage the black marketers by buying from them.
We now hope that the branches in other states join this movement and not take it upon themselves to punish Nigerians for the fuel scarcity – regular commuters will undersrand this.
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