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Arewa Youths Blast’s PDP, Others For Taking Advantage Of Fuel Crisis

Arewa Youths Blast’s PDP, Others For Taking Advantage Of Fuel Crisis



Northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA) have berated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and some civil society groups for allegedly sponsoring baseless conspiracy theories.

Discrediting the leadership of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA, following the discovery of the methanol-blended petrol products.

In a statement signed by the speaker, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, and made available to journalists on Sunday, the group said that while it stands with Nigerians in this trying moment, no group or individual should take advantage of the situation for political gain and personal aggrandizement.

According to the group: At a time such as this, citizens come together when there are genuine efforts to remedy the situation as has been shown by the federal government to assist in ameliorating the condition and urge the government to be more measured and quick.

The group also commended the NNPC and NMDPRA for demonstrating transparency, promoting accountability and also for their pragmatic response in ensuring that Nigerians have a sufficient supply of petrol despite the disruption in some parts of the country.

The bad petrol, according to the NNPC, was imported into the country by four oil marketers through four premium motor spirit cargoes under the NNPC’s Direct Sales Direct Purchase arrangement.

Having critically reviewed the situation and received a commitment from the federal government, we are persuaded to state that a new price hike for a litre of fuel is out of the table for now.

Sadly, the reverse seems to be the case in Nigeria when the main opposition political party, PDP, wishes to harvest from the common suffering of Nigerians through baseless conspiracy theories and underhand tactics that the present situation is to force Nigerians to accept a new price hike.

The group however noted that the Russian-Ukraine war has spiked oil prices across the world.

Since the Kremlin invasion, oil prices have spiked across the world. For instance, in the United Kingdom, a litre of fuel sells for as high as N841.2k (£1.49).

Fuel price tracking outfit, RAC Fuel Watch, notes that petrol price per litre is £1.49, while diesel sells a little higher at £1.53. The simple maths show that to fill a 55-litre petrol car is at N46,000.

It bears stating too that given the rise in crude oil prices in the global market, the cost of refined products will naturally go up. It is therefore abracadabra politics for the main opposition party and their hire-for-protest civil society friends to suggest otherwise when market forces interplay are obvious.

We all should take cognizance that while the government was moving quickly to redress the imbalance arising from the off-spec imported fuel, the Russian-Ukraine war started and this has led to dire global ramifications.

Furthermore, we should remember that at the moment, the country’s refineries are undergoing rehabilitation, therefore, we depend solely on imports for PMS supply.

While commending the Mele Kyari-led NNPC for its resilient efforts in addressing the unnerving situation and restoring normalcy, the group said:

For the avoidance of doubt, it was the NMDPRA that alerted the country of methanol above national specifications in imported petrol, and proceeded to say that efforts were on to remove the contaminated products from circulation on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

So with the high demand of crude and refined products across the world, embargoes against Russia and disruptions in shipping, the expectation that the supply chain would have been fully restored by last week was not achieved as expected, it added.

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The group managing director of the NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, in subsequent statements and an appearance at the House of Representatives outlined efforts at remedying the situation.

To underscore the seriousness of the situation, the NNPC and other relevant agencies have embarked on petrol distribution surveillance (PDS). The aim of the PDS is to ensure the seamless evacuation of products from mother vessels to depots and trucking from depots to other inland depots as well as retail stations.

For the main opposition and other entities working to cause public disaffection and incite the Nigerian people, especially the youths, you shall find none as cannon fodder for your altruistic agenda, it said.

The group further called on Nigerians to resist fuel racketeering, panic buying and engaging in acts inimical to economic and security interests.