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Why fuel scarcity persists – Ex-NNPC boss

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—FORMER Group Executive Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Chris Ogienwonyi has attributed the persistent fuel scarcity in the nation to the alleged failure of the Federal Government to employ capable hands to man the oil industry.

According to him, “when I was there as number two man in the NNPC, fuel products were everywhere in this country. When I left last year, up to April last year, there was fuel everywhere. I think we should ask Rilwanu Lukman who became Minister and wanted to make NNPC better, why the persistent crisis.

“Nigerians are the better judge. If you compare last year and this year, you will see the difference. I tell you one thing, the issue of leadership comes in. If you put round pegs in round holes, things will move. But if it is the opposite, you will get what we are getting today” he stated.

Ogienwonyi stated this in an interview with Vanguard in Benin City , shortly after he formally joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in his ward in Abudu, Orhionmwon Local Government Council of the state. Vanguard learnt that the former NNPC Director will soon declare his intension for the 2012 governorship race in Edo state.

On how the people of the state would vote in 2012 despite the efforts being made by Governor Adams Oshiomhole to revamp the decayed infrastructures in the state, Dr Ogienwonyi asserted, “The next dispensation will be issues of personalities.

If you check round now really, people do not vote for parties because they all have similar ideologies and the manifestoes are basically the same thing.

“But what is going to make the difference is the calibre of people. The next dispensation will be people oriented. You will see wonders in 2012. People are going to vote on personalities. In the sense that when you are really in the private or public sector, what did you do?

Who are you, what is your pedigree?  It is not going to be time for mediocres. Mediocrity is out and people will vote accordingly, not PDP or AC,” he stated.


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