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Published On: Mon, Jan 26th, 2015

Why NNPC ‘Kero-Correct Scheme’ must not fail

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Why NNPC ‘Kero-Correct Scheme’ must not fail

Why NNPC ‘Kero-Correct Scheme’ must not fail

By Etuka Sunday

On Friday last week in Abuja, the Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) flagged-off its Kero-Correct Scheme that would help crash the price of kerosene to the regulated price of N50 per litre nationwide.

Going by the intentions of the scheme, poor and deserving Nigerian consumers who are in need or can afford the product would be able to buy at the official and regulated price of N50 per litre.

Additionally, the “Kero-Correct Scheme” was designed to help eliminate black market sale of Kerosene across the states of the federation.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Joseph T. Dawha, declared the commitment of the Corporation to eliminating the arbitrage system in the distribution and sale of kerosene that has created a kerosene black market.

Dawha said, Kero-Correct scheme was in “response to the yearnings of deserving Nigerian consumers, particularly our mothers, sisters, fathers and brothers who constitute the good people of Nigeria” in keeping with the aspirations of the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government.

“The Kero-Correct scheme is aimed at making kerosene available, accessible and affordable in all NNPC Mega and Affiliate Stations across the country. It is our expectation that this Scheme will enable

Nigerians access this essential commodity at the Right Price, Right Quality, Right Quantity and at all times”.

The GMD said: “We are committed to ensuring the elimination of the Kerosene ‘Black Market’ so that Nigerians can buy kerosene at the correct price of N50 per litre. We know this will be challenging, but with the unwavering support and assurance of Government through the able leadership of the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, CON, we are confident that the objectives of this laudable scheme will be achieved”.

He said the NNPC Management was aware of the daunting challenge posed by the arbitrage system in kerosene distribution and has taken the step to engage some stakeholders and non-governmental organizations to help in grassroots sensitization and monitoring to ensure transparency and sustainability in the distribution and sales of the product across the country.

“I am delighted that the Coalition of Grassroots NGOs (CGN), the umbrella NGO that will facilitate and ensure compliance and transparency in the distribution and sales of the product is here with us today. I am confident that their commitment to making a difference in the welfare of our fellow Nigerians will accelerate the pace of success and ease the hardship experienced by Nigerians in procuring kerosene”, he enthused.

He said the NNPC Mega and Affiliate Stations across the country will ensure that “our mothers and sisters who daily struggle for this product have easy access to kerosene going forward”.

He thanked President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Aliso-Madueke, for graciously approving the Kero-Correct initiative, and assured of the NNPC’s commitment to making it a resounding success so as to reduce the hardship on the average Nigerian and also to help alleviate poverty in the country.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that similar scheme has failed in the past. In 2011 precisely, the Retail Products Section of the NNPC and an indigenous company, Capital Oil and Gas, partnered in the distribution of kerosene nation-wide through mobile truck platform.

The pilot scheme of the initiative started in Lagos with 200 trucks and the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Oil, Mr Ifeayin Ubah was quoted to have told journalists at the official unveiling of the pilot scheme in Lagos that the initiative was aimed at ensuring the distribution of kerosene across the country.

Ubah said distributing the product with mobile trucks would decongest the long queues at NNPC mega stations across the country as purchase would be decentralised.

“The trucks will be stationed at some locations in the city and rural areas to sell to individuals who want to buy kerosene.

” This is the best method to address panic buying of kerosene usually experienced in the country.

“The product will be handled and sold to Nigerians by sub-dealers who must have paid for the kerosene products through the banks to avoid sharp practices,’’ he said.

Ubah, who said that this method of kerosene distribution would help address the problem of scarcity, added that the pilot scheme would be test run in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt.

Also speaking, NNPC’s spokesman, Dr Levi Ajuonuma, said about 25,000 metric tonnes of kerosene had been allocated to major and independent marketers to ease scarcity.

He said the country had enough product to last 51 days, adding that ” distribution bottle neck has been our major challenge.’’

” We have finally addressed that and we believe all marketers will ensure circulation of the product across the country.

“We implore regulatory bodies and the media to assist in monitoring the distribution of the products at official pump price of N50 per litre to prevent it being diverted,’’ he said.

However, shortly after the distribution exercise across the states of the federation, the price of the product skyrocketed above the official pump price of N50 and beyond the reach of the ordinary Nigerians.

Although Nigerians are hopeful that the lessons learnt from the previous mobile truck initiative would be transferred positively to this new scheme (Kero-Correct) to better the lives of the people.

Again, if the NNPC must be taken seriously this time for the laudable initiative, it must ensure strict monitoring of the scheme across the country so as to eliminate market sale of the product.

Should the scheme failed, the Corporation would lose it relevance in the country and would be hated by the poor mass of Nigerians whose lives are supposed to be improved by the scheme.

Like the Corporation promised, the monitoring would be done differently this time by involving volunteers and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

The Chairman, Kero Correct Committee, Mr. Nwakwu Anthony, outlined the three-fold role of the NGOs and volunteers to include monitoring of discharge and sales of the product, ensuring orderliness at points of sales and serving as whistle blowers.

He called on them to be passionate about their duties and justify the trust reposed in them by ensuring that the Nigerian masses derive maximum benefits from the scheme.

The Chairman, Kero Correct Committee, Mr. Nwakwu Anthony, outlined the three-fold role of the NGOs and volunteers to include monitoring of discharge and sales of the product, ensuring orderliness at points of sales and serving as whistle blowers.

He called on them to be passionate about their duties and justify the trust reposed in them by ensuring that the Nigerian masses derive maximum benefits from the scheme.

 

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