THE KERO-Direct Scheme (KDS) was yesterday launched in Delta State, with Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan saying that the exercise was intended to cushion the effect of the removal of fuel subsidy.
Speaking at the ceremony which held at the Oshimili South Local Government Arcade, Asaba. Governor Uduaghan directed that only 20 litres would be sold to each members of the public at N50.00 per litre.
The governor also directed that a 90-year-old woman who came with a 10 litre jerry can be given kerosene at the expense of the state government.
Giving insight into the KDS, Dr. Uduaghan disclosed that “ the state government is paying more for this kerosene, but we have decided to sell at N50.00 per litre.” He used the occasion to assure Deltans that better things await them because government is for common persons”
Fielding questions from journalists, Governor Uduaghan noted that the high cost of kerosene has resulted in deforestation as more homes have resorted to the use of fire-wood.
According to the governor who also observed that more depend on the use of kerosene, the state government has given CAPITOL OIL, operators of the scheme, land to build kerosene stations across the state.
Earlier, the Head, NNPC Maga Station, Asaba, Mr. Peter Idahosa said Delta state government had procured five specialized dispensing trucks alongside two surface tanks for the kero Direct scheme. He said the dispensing trucks will routinely go round major towns in the state to sell kerosene at the subsidized price for N50.00
Also yesterday, Governor Uduaghan received the Head of the Manna Prayer Mountain and Publisher, Daily Manna, Rev, Chris Kwakpovwe, in his Office.
The governor thanked Rev. Kwakpovwe for contributing to the peace in Delta State through his prayers.
On his part, the Daily Manna publisher noted that “Unpreceedented peace and greater honour’ has come to Delta State under the Uduaghan administration. Describing his visit as a home coming, Kwakpovwe said he was in Asaba for anointing service to break yokes.
He was led on the visit by the wife of the Governor Mrs. Roli Nere Uduaghan.