The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the Nigerian government to find a permanent solution to the fuel scarcity across the country.
The group says the protracted scarcity of fuel in Nigeria amounts to a violation of the United Nations International Covenant On Economic, Social And Cultural Rights by the federal government.
A statement issued by the group notes that the protracted fuel scarcity has not only deprived Nigerians of unquantifiable economic opportunities, but it has also subjected them to unwarranted torture, cruel and degrading experiences.
SERAP added that even though fuel scarcity crisis predated the current administration, it is time President Muhammadu Buhari, who doubles as the Minister Of Petroleum Resources, rises to the occasion to find a permanent solution.
For almost a month, Nigerians have been queuing at fuel service stations all over the country to get petrol for their vehicles and other uses.
Petrol is selling over 200 Naira per litre in the South-south, while in Imo State and Anambra, it is selling for 170 Naira per litre. It seems to be worse in the Northern region where fuel is said to be sold over 300 Naira.
The situation has taken its toll on the nation’s economy which appears to be experiencing more setbacks.
Most hit are small and medium scale business owners who are unable to continue production, since they rely on petrol to run electricity generating plants.
However, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu, has given assurances that he is trying his best to ensure the queues reduce between the first and second week of April.