ASCSN, MAN, Others Hail FG

There was applause from the broad-spectrum of the country yesterday for the federal government over the reduction of petrol pump price from N97 to N87 per litre.
Among the groups were Associations of Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Delta State, Economic Adviser to the Delta State Governor, Ogbueshi Afam Obiago, market women, Manufacturer Association of Nigeria (MAN) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) among others.
The POINTER gathered that as a demonstration of the Federal Government’s commitment, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) yesterday announced reduction in the ex-depot price of fuel from N81.51 to N77.66 per litre.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Executive Secretary, PPPRA, Mr Farouk Ahmed.
Ahmed said the reduction in ex depot price was sequel to the reduction in the Premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as petrol from N97 to N87 per litre by the Federal Government.
Some of the respondents, who spoke with our correspondent in Asaba, were upbeat that the development would entrench positive multiplier economic effects on the nation’s economy.
In Delta State , residents yesterday, expressed joy following the announcement, describing it as a welcomed development.
Reacting to the development, the Chairman, Association of Senior, Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Delta State, Comrade Lawson Efenudu noted that the price reduction was a respon se to the clamour by the organized labour in relation to the international price regime.
He said that the position of labour was that if the price of crude oil crashed at the international market, workers should equally pay less for the refined products, urging the Federal Government to ensure that the new price regime was made positive impact effective implementation.
While describing the move as a welcomed development, the ASCSN Boss expressed fears that the petroleum marketers may sabotage it as they have never complied with such directives in the past
Speaking in a telephone interview, the Economic Adviser to the state Governor, Ogbuehi Afam Obiago said that the announcement was another practical demonstration of transparency in governance by the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan led administration.
Traders at the popular Ogbeogonogo Market expressed confidence that the reduction in the fuel pump price will bring about reduction in the prices of commodities in the market.
According to the Vice Chairman, Butchers Association of Nigeria, Asaba Chapter, Mr. Sunday Nwokolo and a Rice Dealer, Mrs Mercy Udeh, reduction in the price of fuel will occasion a correspondent reduction in transport fare which according to them, will in turn bring about reduction in pricers of commodities in the various markets.
Similarly ,the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), drivers and commuters in Enugu State have commended the Federal Government over the reduction of petrol pump price from N97 to N87 per litre.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the pump price reduction would make life easier for Nigerians.
The state’s Chairman of NLC, Chief Chumaife Nze, described the development as a good response to the yearnings of Nigerians.
According to him, the pump price reduction is necessary following the dwindling price of crude oil at the international market.
A commercial bus driver, Mr Ndubuisi Igbokwe, regretted that some petrol stations were not responding to the government’s directive as most of them still sold at N110 and N97 respectively.
Also ,the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ogun State Chapter, commended the Federal Government for reducing the price of petrol from N97 per litre to N87 per litre.
The President of the association, Mr Wale Adegbite, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota.
Similarly the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) lauded the Federal Government’s reduction of the pump price of petrol from N97 to N87 per litre.
The National President of IPMAN, Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the reduction would go a long way in cushioning the economic challenges faced by Nigerians.
“It was a right decision taken by the Federal Government.
“It is a fruitful decision, it will go a long way in addressing the agitation of the people but there should be a holistic approach towards passing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
Mr Seyi Ganbo, a former National Public Relations Officer, Petroleum, Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), described the reduction as “a two edged sword.”
Meantime, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) urged all filling stations to adjust their pump price per litre of fuel to N87 from N97 as directed by the Federal Government to avoid sanctions.
Mrs Chioma Njoku, DPR Head of Operations, Lagos Zone, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the department had begun the monitoring of filling stations to enforce adherence to the directive.
She said “DPR will ensure that the new price regime stated by the government is complied with and any filling station found wanting will be sanctioned.
“We have commenced full operational check at most filing stations in Lagos to ensure that they adjust to N87 per litre.”
However a check in some of the filling stations in the state revealed that operators of such filling stations were yet to revert to the new pump price as some of them told our reporter that they will soon comply with the new price as soon as old stock finishes.

In a similar development, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has initiated a scheme aimed at getting kerosene to consumers across the country at the regulated price of N50 per litre.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, of the corporation, Mr Ohi Alegbe.
It said the scheme ‘Kero Correct’ initiative’ was also aimed at cutting off the several layers of middlemen who made it difficult for the end user to enjoy the subsidy on the product.
The statement said that the Executive Director, Commercial, of the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr Frank Amego, announced the initiative at a one-day workshop in Abuja.
It said the workshop that was organised by the NNPC was to enlighten some Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and volunteers engaged to help monitor the sales of the product at NNPC Mega and affiliate stations across the country.