By Sylvanus Viashima
Jalingo – (Precise Post) – The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly Professor Joseph Albasu Kunini has called on the Federal government to expedite actions to address the prolonged fuel scarcity and worsening power supply in the country to avert a major crisis.
Kunini made the call on Sunday in Jalingo while interacting with journalist.
He noted that the prolonged fuel scarcity which has caused untold hardship for the people added to the worsening power supply is pushing people to their limits and could precipitate a major revolt from the masses.
“The lingering fuel scarcity has become a major cause of worry and coupled with the worsening power supply situation, I think there is need for urgent steps to be taken to address the situation.
“In Jalingo, if you go out in the night, you will find out that people sleep on the queue at the NNPC mega filling station which seems to be the only one selling fuel over the night. Some of the people I interacted with told me they waste as much as thirteen productive hours just to get fuel.
” For me, I think this is pushing the people to the wall. The federal government must rise up and address these issues expediently. The people are becoming agitative and that sends very bad signals.
“Already, life has become very tough for the average man and our small businesses some of which have to fold up. The government should be doing everything to improve on the standard of living of the people rather than allowing other things to creep in that would worsen the situation.
“At the same time, let me call on the people to exercise more patience and restraint as we all wait patiently for the government to take the appropriate actions to address our challenges. The process of rebirth is always a challenging one but perseverance and consistency will eventually yield the desired results” Kunini said.
Our correspondent reports that some residents have to spend as much as a twenty four hours on queue at the NNPC Mega filling station along Mile Six road to access fuel as the filling station is almost the only one selling fuel in the entire state capital while most parts of the town go for days without power supply, despite the scourging heat.