By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The National Working Committee of Arewa Consultative Forum has expressed deep concern over the present fuel scarcity being experienced nationwide, resulting in long queues in petrol filling stations which cause untold hardship to commuters and motorists, especially in this Yuletide period.
The Committee made the observation in a communiques issues at the end of its meeting held in Kaduna on Wednesday which was presided over by the Vice Chairman Senator Abubakar Gerei who stood in for the Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie.
The Forum called on the management of the NNPC to thoroughly investigate the remote and immediate causes of this fuel scarcity and take concrete measures to restore normalcy, considering the importance of the oil industry to the economy.
The communiques also urged the NNPC to consider extending its searchlight on possible sabotage both within and without the management in order to fish out those that are bent on derailing the effort of the Federal Government in this regard.
The meeting also observed with great concern the lackadaisical attitudes of some States governments towards accessing the Universal Basic Education Funds as provided by the Universal Basic Education Commission particularly in the North.
It said the UBEC funds are meant to assist in the development of primary education.
According to the meeting, considering the low literacy level and the large number of children that are out of school and roaming the streets, the situation calls for concerted efforts by the states concern to take concrete steps and pay their counterpart funding to access the available funds.
This, the Committee said, it to raise the standard of education as the bedrock of human development and however called on the Northern States that are yet to access the funds to do so.
The Forum urged the States government to make adequate budgetary provisions for the development of education in terms infrastructure as well as enforce legislation on compulsory education for all children of school age, especially girl child.