BY AMOS TAUNA – KADUNA – Members of Association of Mega Fuel Station Owners of Nigeria (AMFSON), in the country, said they are set to stage a peaceful protest aimed at shutting down the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abuja.
The Station owners, in a letter addressed to the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said the protest has become necessary in view of the “persistent and gross abuse of office by top management staff of the NNPC Retail Limited vis-a-vis the terms of engagement with our members.”
The letter dated July 11 and signed by the National Secretary of the association, Kenneth Nwachukwu, explained that the abuse of office had inflicted untold hardship on its members and the general public.
In the letter, copied the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the Station owners said they finally resolved to explore the process of public protest to further drive home their points with the hope of bringing the issue to the attention of both the authorities and the general public.
According to the aggrieved Station owners; “The protest is scheduled to take place next month in Abuja at the Eagle Square through the federal secretariat complex to the NNPC Towers.
“We consider it necessary embarking on this action due to the fact that we have already exhausted all peaceful reconciliatory means.
“We have taken several diplomatic measures to ensure that we resolve the problem amicably but it has always proved abortive.
“This can only be attributed to the attitude of these officials in collaboration with the Head of the Downstream.
“You will recall that we even wrote to you on at least three occasions seeking for audience in order to intimate you on our ordeal but we only got a response once. That was an invitation to meet with the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Downstream, and even then, after allowing our members to travel down to Abuja for the meeting from different parts of the country, he wilfully absented himself without any form of apology. Our members felt greatly humiliated during that incident,” the letter explained.