Ekiti fuel crisis: Youth groups threaten showdown over withdrawal of supply by marketers
The acute petrol scarcity that has paralyzed activities in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, may lead to violent crisis in the town as a coalition of artisan youth groups in the state has threaten to engage in, “a mass action against the petroleum marketers.”
Petroleum dealers in the state had withdrawn their services since the beginning of the week and had refused to sell, claiming that leaders of their association, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) had instructed them not to supply the state over a disagreement.
This has resulted to acute fuel scarcity in the state capital, thereby, crippling economic and social activities in the capital and its environs.
The youths, under the aegis of Ekiti Youth Artisans Coalition (EYAC), in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, alleged that the fuel scarcity was “a deliberate ploy by the dealers in the product to cripple Ekiti and arrest the socio-economic development currently being witnessed in the state.”
In the statement signed by Olakunle Ajayi, President and Odunlade Aribisala, Secretary, the group said they were “artisans and self-employed young people, who are among those affected most by this deliberate act of economic sabotage currently going on in our state.”
Ajayi and Aribisala claimed that their association had, “tried to find out what led to the current fuel scarcity and we were unable to get any credible answer and we found that Ekiti is the only victim in this current attack of the powers that be in the petroleum business.”
EYAC said, “we are frustrated because tailors, dry cleaners, barbers, drivers, cold room operators, relaxation joint operators and many other small businesses of our members are being killed by this act of the marketers which we see as pure wickedness and lack of humanity.”