What If Access To Petrol Became Your Constitutional Right?
Fuel scarcity is rocking all Nigerian states and Christmas has become.
How will you feel if access to regular fuel supply becomes part of your rights as a Nigerian?
Well, that is what a group wants the president to do.
They say it will ensure that there will be no repeat of the kind of fuel scarcity Nigerians are made to endure regularly in December.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) wants President Muhammadu Buhari to “take bold action in tackling the persistent fuel scarcity by urgently proposing a bill to the National Assembly that would explicitly recognize access of Nigerians to regular fuel supply as a human right.
The bill should also specify responsibilities on the authorities to proactively prevent and combat the problem and the associated human rights violations.
The organisation in a statement said: “That millions of Nigerians are suffering due to fuel scarcity is a moral outrage. Preventing and ending the problem of fuel scarcity is not only a moral duty for this government but also a legal and human right obligation”.
The statement on Sunday by SERAP deputy director, Timothy Adewale, said, "access to regular fuel supply is logically derived from the people’s right to their natural wealth and resources.
Criminalise Hoarding Of Petrol
“Oil shouldn’t be a ‘curse’ for Nigerians; being endowed with natural resources ought to be a synonym for wealth and development, and not extreme poverty and suffering.
“The recognition of the right to regular fuel supply would be a building block to initiate the chain of decisions necessary to prevent the dire effects of persistent scarcity".
SERAP believes that the appropriate course of action that will address the fuel scarcity crisis is to explicitly establish a human right to regular fuel supply and to criminalise hoarding of fuel by marketers.
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“Recognition of the right to regular fuel supply is the best opportunity to thwart scarcity and its effects, and improve access for large portions of the country’s population,” it added.
“Buhari must move swiftly to end the fuel scarcity, and end fuel price jumps by marketers, if his government is to reverse the growing unemployment and hunger for tens of millions of poor and disadvantaged Nigerians.”
Fuel scarcity and other issues in Nigeria have forced many Nigerians to take the dangerous journey through the desert to Europe.