Fuel stations at the outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were yet to comply with the N125 new pump price for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol.
A correspondent of Nigeria News Agency who went round Abuja on Sunday reports that while most stations at the city centre had complied with the new pump price, those at the outskirt were yet to comply.
Total, Gegu, Conoil and Eterna filling stations within Kubwa and Dutse axis have complied and were dispensing to motorists at the designated price.
NAN reports that in Madala and Zuba most filling stations were yet to comply and had shut down operations.
Along Kubwa Express Road, while MRS filling stations were not selling, Rain Oil, Conoil, A A Rano, NNPC retail outlet, Total and Juda oil were all selling at the new pump price of N125.
At the Central Business District, Area 1 and Area 111 in, apart from Yaman Filling Station that closed, Total, Conoil, NIPCO filling stations were all dispensing with minimal queue visible.
Also, most filling stations along airport road had complied and were dispensing to motorists while in Karu and Nyanya axis another outskirt, some of the filling stations were still selling at N145 per litre.
A manager in one of the filling stations who spoke on condition of anonymity said that complying with the new pump price with an old stock would be at the detriment of his business.
“We will comply as soon as we finish selling this product. This is business, it will be a huge loss for us if we comply immediately,” he said.
Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, National Public Relations Officer, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), earlier told NAN that most filling stations have adopted the new price regime while others would join in due course.
“We support government and its policy, as we also know government has its citizen’s welfare at heart. Some of the marketers just took products before the reduction so it came as a shock, we will find a way to deal with the situation,” Yakubu said.
Some motorists interviewed condemned marketers who refused to comply with the new price policy.
A motorist Mr Uche Michael said the fuel stations were unfair to motorists.
“It is very unfair that owners of fillings stations are not complying immediately.
“If it is increase in price, they will adjust even before the time they are asked to do so.
“For me, the regulators need to start working day and night to sanction defaulters,” he said.
Another motorist Yakubu Idris told NAN at Total filling station in Kubwa that government needed to be commended for reducing the price of petrol.
“I commend government for this brave step to reduce the pump price to N125 per liters.
“They should work hard and make sure that filling stations comply,” he added.
Mr Chinedu Iwuchukwu, a taxi driver said” Some of the filling stations changed their dash board to show that they are complying but when you buy fuel, you really don’t see much difference.
“The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has a lot of work to do now, it should deploy its men everywhere to make sure that Nigerians enjoy this good deed of government,” he said.
The federal government had on March 18, reduced the pump price of petrol from N145 to N125 per litre following the crash in global oil prices.
The new pump price was effective from March 19, 2020.
The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) said that the new price would run till the end of March adding that from April 1, it would start a monthly price modulation that would reflect global market fundamentals.
Gov. AbdulRazak constitutes visitation panels to Kwara Poly, Aviation College
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has approved the constitution of visitation Panel for the Kwara State Polytechnic and International Aviation College, Ilorin.
In a statement, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, Kwara Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology said on Monday that the visitation panel will be chaired by Dr. Fatai Bello.
She stated that Bello was Country Representative of the Global Fund, a United Nations’ agency in Nigeria and former Council member of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin.
According to her, other members of the panel include Mr Suleiman Talban Lafiagi; AbdulGaniyu Sani, a Chartered Accountant/ forensic audit expert; Muyideen Aliyu, Rtd Director of SSS; Mrs. Yetunde Adekeye, former Principal, School of Midwifery; and Hajiya Asmau Yusuf Saka, Rtd Banker/Accountant.
She disclosed that the Assistant Director of the Kwara State Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Ayansola Justina, will act as the secretary of the visitation panel.
Kawu-Modibbo also said the governor has also accepted the appointment of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Alabi, former Dean, College of Engineering, Kwara State University (KWASU), as chairman of International Aviation College Visitation Panel.
She noted that other members of the visitation panel are: Mr AbdulFatai Olajide, Private Chartered Accountant and Auditor as member, and Mrs Christina Amudipe, a Primary Health Consultant ad member, among others.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
FCTA directs schools to re-open for graduating class students Tuesday
The Education Authority, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has directed all schools in Abuja to re-open academic activities for students in graduating classes on Tuesday.
Alhaji Umaru Marafa, Acting Secretary, FCT Education Authority gave the directive in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Marafa said the decision was to enable students in Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 to write their examinations.
The secretary further said that only schools that had complied with PTF guidelines and certified fit would be allowed to re-open.
“Only schools that have complied with PTF’s guidelines, inspected and certified, can re-open on Tuesday.
“All schools that have not been cleared are advised to hasten up to meet the requirement for resumption,” he said.
Marafa urged students in the affected classes to adhere strictly to established COVID-19 protocols, adding, “You are also to study hard in order to pass your exams”
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Attack: Governors express solidarity with Gov. Zulum
The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, on Monday expressed solidarity with Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno and the people of the state over Wednesday’s attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Baga.
The governors expressed the solidarity in a letter issued by the Chairman of the forum and Gov. Kayode Fayemi In Abuja.
Fayemi, while condemning the attack, expressed the forum’s solidarity to the governor to tackle the menance of insecurity.
“This is one unwarranted attack too many. It epitomizes our collective vulnerability and the fragility of the country’s security architecture.
“Although you emerged from this incident unscathed, we note with regret the injuries sustained by two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and a Police Officer attached to your convoy and do accordingly pray for their quick recovery.
“Mr Governor, Forum members are resolutely behind you in your effort to rid Borno State of these dastardly and wicked agents of evil.”
Fayemi said that the governors were appalled by the worsening security situation in the country generally, in spite of all the efforts of government to end it.
“On our part, the NEC Sub-Committee on Security will be meeting tomorrow and rising from the resolutions thereof soon dialogue with Mr. President and the nation’s Security Chiefs to discuss this worrisome and rapidly degenerating situation.
“On a final note, Mr Governor, we thank God for always being merciful.”
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Flood: NEMA trains emergency vanguards in Imo, Abia on quick response
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has inaugurated local emergency response vanguards in various communities in Imo and Abia, to collaborate with the agency in tackling incidences of disaster.
The Head, Imo/Abia Operation Office, Mr Evans Ugoh, made this know in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Owerri.
Ugoh said that the decision to train the local response vangards, was in line with the agenda of NEMA’s Director-General, AVM. Muhammed Muhammed (rtd), of taking disaster management to the grassroots.
He said that NEMA was mindful of the 2020 flood prediction and would intensify response activities, to ensure that incidences of disaster were curtailed in Nigeria.
The head of the operation office implored the response vanguards to discharge their duties with dedication, and warned that the agency would not tolerate inefficiency from them.
Ugoh said that the agency ended the training with retreats in Umuahia in Abia, and Isu Local Government Area in Imo, with the coordinators of the response vanguards in attendance.
He urged the coordinators to always monitor sea level in their areas and regularly update the local government authorities on the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)’s flood predictions and the need for preparedness.
He also advised the flood-prone communities in the two states to always adhere to NEMA’s yearly flood early warning measures.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)