The Energy Security Watch Group (ESG) has attributed the call by National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for the suspension or resignation of the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kolo Kyari, to handiwork of mercenaries, who against the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ Energy Supply of President Bola Tinubu.

ESG, in a statement signed by its Executive Director (Strategy), Comrade Samuel Segun Nelson, therefore, called for calm as the NNPCL was leaving no stone unturned to clear the temporary petrol supply disruption being witnessed in a few days across the country.

The group noted that if there was no political and economic sabotage undertones, why will NANS, who is expected to be enlightened, not follow the trend and issues that led to the momentary challenge but instead decided to attack the Kyari-led NNPCL, which has shown commitment to tackle the issue headlong.

“Thus, for the attention of NANS and other Nigerians who are agitated, NNPCL under Kyari has made a commitment that the company currently has an availability of products exceeding 1.5 billion litres, which can last for at least 30 days, hence such calls and plan mob but not mass action is unnecessary distractions and overheating of the polity.

“NNPCL has left no one in doubt that the three-day disruption in distribution is due to logistical issues, which has since been resolved by resolved by the company but that ideally requires more time to return to normalcy. But to add salt to an injury, businessmen in the sector have taken advantage of this situation to maximise profits to the detriment of the public.

“But fortunately, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (lPMAN) agreed that following the intervention of the NNPCL, the queues will disappear from filling stations, hence more products will be available for lifting by marketers and Nigerians can easily get the product.

“Therefore we call on NANS and their sponsors or collaborators to have a rethink and give the NNPCL under the ever committed Kyari to address the issue and not sabotage the realisation of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ Energy Supply which is already addressing the hitherto energy crisis.”

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