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Saraki laments persistent fuel scarcity

By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin — Chairman, Governors’ Forum in Nigeria, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has lamented the persisting fuel scarcity across the country, attributing the hardship to the uncertainty trailing the proposed deregulation policy of the federal government.

In effect, Saraki who is also the Kwara State governor, tasked the government and other stakeholders, particularly labour, to come up with  the way forward. He said the sooner this is done, the earlier the current fuel crisis would come to an end.

Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin on the state of the nation to mark his 47th birthday, Gov. Saraki said: “For now, it is like somebody who is in the mid of the stream, he has departed the shore and did not reach the destination, so during that period, definitely, you will see a lot of challenges.”

The challenges, he stressed, is about those who are anticipating that there would be deregulation and in that kind of environment, there would be uncertainty and speculations, then there would be hoarding of the products.

In order to urgently bring the present crisis to an end, Gov. Saraki said it was high time for the Federal Government and the labour leaders to have a roundtable and come up with the way forward in order to address the fuel scarcity across the nation.

On the electoral reform, the chairman , who debunked  the insinuations that the country had not witnessed  any credible election in the country, assured  that  with the ongoing level of awareness in the country,  and the reform that would likely come up in 2011, there would be improvement on the conduct of elections in the country.

Saraki who advised the losers at any elections to have the  courage to accept the defeat and congratulate the winners said that the development would go along way in improving the democratic stability of the country.

He said it was high time the nation move away from the attitude of winning at all cost, and display sign of sportsmanship saying that in any election there must be a loser and a winner.

“Whoever that lost an election would surely know, and at that point congratulate the winner”, he stressed.


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