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Published On: Fri, Jan 23rd, 2015

Mixed reactions trail FG’s reduction of fuel pump price across states

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Fuel PumpFrom Umar Dankano, Yola, Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin Femi Oyelola, Kaduna, Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi & Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.

Kudos and knocks in Adamawa

The federal government announcement on the reduction of fuel pump prize from N97 to N87 per litre, as announced by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. DiezaniAlison-Madueke was received with mixed feelings in Adamawa state.

Investigation by Peoples Daily revealed that most of this filling stations in the state are still selling the product at the former pump price of N97 per litre, with an explanation that they are yet to receive any circular officially in that regard.

However, some Yola residents commended the effort of the government, saying the gesture is timely and welcome development considering the economic situation in the country, while others castigated the government, accusing it of being political about the reduction since it is politicking period.

For Malam Modibbo Furo, the federal government deserves commendation even though the timing is not favorable; because, according to him, it is better late than never.

Furo appealed to Nigerians to learn to appreciate the good effort of their leaders and to be objectively critical where those in power are moving or going off the track.

“I was happy when I heard the news and felt government deserve to be commended.I hope filling stations will comply with the new prize without delay”, he stated.

Adamawa state branch chairman of National Union of Road transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Bello Adamu, on his part, said the development is a right step into a right direction.

Also commending the measure, the state chairman of commercial tricycle riders association, Malam Hussaini Isa, said the development was a welcome one that would reduce hardship for his members and the public.

“My members are happy with the development, as it would have positive impact on our business as we spent a lot on fueling”, Isa said.

However, another commentator, Mr. Joseph Zira, was of the view that the gesture was intended to score political points and challenged the government to reduce it to N65 per litre if its intention is to assist Nigerians in that regard, with an appeal for commuters to drop their transport fares because, according to him, the matter is circumstantial in nature.

DPR seal off 10 stations in Kwara

Following the reduction of PMS price from N97 to N87 by Federal Government, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), for allegedly selling their products at the old price, has closed down ten filling stations.

Our correspondent, who went to some filling stations observed that only NNPC mega stations in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, complied to the new PMS price immediately

The Operations Controller of the state DPR, Engr. Amos Jokodola, who led members of the enforcement team of the department during the monitoring of petrol stations in the state capital, said the excuse given by the affected stations for failure to comply with the government’s directive was not acceptable.

The stations affected include major and independent marketers.

Some stations that fall under that category, Oando, MRS and others have been sealed completely, and they would remain sealed until they reduce the pump price to N87 per litre as directed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The issue is the price must be N87 per litre. Ten litres should be ten litres; one litre should be one litre. Ours responsibility is to carry out the Federal Government’s directive and protect the public. Any other economic issues should be sorted out with the PPMC or the depot where the marketer lifted the product”, Jokodola emphasised.

The DPR boss said the agency was not only enforcing the new price but also the quantity of fuel sold to members of the public.

Kaduna petrol dealers yet to comply

In Kaduna state, more than 72 hours after the FG’s directive, none of the petrol stations has adjusted their pump price to reflect the new pump price.

Investigation by this correspondent reveals that it is a different ball game at different stations. At the Total filling station Waff Road, the director, Alhaji Kabir Umar said what he has is old stock, which he purchased at the old price and that he cannot adjust his pump price until he exhausts the present stock.

Similarly, Alhaji Imam Haruna, the manager of Total filling station, Malali, said the government made a statement that cannot be backed by action. According to him, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs.

Diezani Alison Madueke should have ensured that marketers purchased their stocks with the new price before informing the public of the reduction in the pump price.

To some independent marketers, it is more or less a tragedy compared to the major marketers, saying they have to deposit money through the middle-men sometimes, “and to retrieve such money is a hurdle for us”.

A transporter, who ply Kaduna-Kano route, Lawal Ibrahim, said the reality is that he still buys petrol at old price of N97 because of lack of compliance on the part of marketers.

However, some people see the decision by the Federal Government as a mere political statement, not backed with action.

Reacting to the statement, the Press Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Representative, Imam Imam, described the reduction as a ‘Greek gift’, because, according to him, it is being given with some malicious undertone and that this cannot fool Nigerians.

According to Imam, if the federal government is serious about the reduction, it should have put its house in order to ensure that marketers did bare unnecessary loss.

80 percent compliance in Bauchi

Bauchi state recorded 80 percent compliance of the new pump price.

Our correspondent, who went round filling stations, observed that majority of the fillings stations were selling at new price rate of N87, while others closed down and very few sold their commodity at N97. Some of the fillings stations sold at N110, while at NNPC mega station along Jos road, the price were reversed to N87.

At the NNPC mega station, Wuntin-Dada, some workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they have started selling the commodity at the new pump price of N87 per liter since the slash in the price was announced by the FG.

Many customers expressed satisfaction with the slash in the price of the commodity and appealed to the remaining filling stations to change their price.

Independent marketers not complying in Minna

Our reporter, who monitored the petrol filling stations in Minna, capital of Niger state, revealed that independent marketers are not obeying the FG’s directive, while the major marketers have since reduced their pump price.

Findings revealed that the NNPC Mega Station was witnessing a very long queue because of its level of compliance with the new price regulation.

Some of the filling stations visited include Oando along Bida Road, who are still selling at N100 per litre; when asked, the fuel attendant told our reporter that “our oga never reduce his own and I don’t have the power to do that” confirmed they were aware of the deduction.

Other stations visited were Aliyu Shaba Petroleum Nig. Ltd and Adamu Iliyasu Petroleum Ltd, who were selling at N100 and N110 per litre respectively.

Meanwhile, Mubashir Investment Ltd, along Bosso Road, sold at N97 per litre as ConOil, Oando, Bovas, Garima were not selling as at the time of visit by our reporter.

In the same vein, Total filling station along Bosso Road, near Obasanjo complex and NNPC Mega Station were the only stations that have commenced their sale of products at the new pump price.

 

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