As general election draws nearer ,the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday expressed serious concerns over the persistent fuel scarcity bedeviling the country.
The election umpire stated the development could affect logistics on election day .
However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, Limited has allayed the fear of INEC on an adequate supply of fuel during the election, the three major presidential candidates also expressed hope that the scarcity would be resolved before the polls.
Speaking at a consultative meeting with officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the meeting was to put finishing touches to the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between the commission and the union on December 20, 2022.
He noted that the issue of logistics had been a perennial problem in election administration in Nigeria.
His words: “The commission shares your concern about the fuel situation in the country and its impact on transportation on election day. The truth is that our arrangements may be negatively affected by the non-availability of products.
“For this reason, the commission will this afternoon (yesterday) meet with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, to look into ways to ameliorate the situation.
“I wish to assure Nigerians that we will continue to engage every national institution for the success of the 2023 general election.