The Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM), says the current hike in price of cooking gas might persist if activities of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Terminal Owners and Off Takers is not checked.
The Executive Secretary of NALPGAM, Mr Bassey Essien told Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Friday that the development had led to increase in the price of cooking gas from N2, 600 to about N4, 500 in retail outlets.
Essien said that the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) vessel on Nov. 13, supplied products to two terminals in Lagos to reduce the scarcity within the South West zone.
He said that this was in line with the Federal Government’s approval for the allocation of about 350,000MT of Gas per annum for local consumption through the NLNG.
Essien said the product was distributed through the terminals/off takers to gas marketers who eventually distribute to end user
“We noticed recently that gas delivered to terminals/off takers sold at N3.2 million per 20 MT a week ago suddenly jumped to between N4 million and N4. 3 million per 20MT at the terminals.
“This singular action has taken cooking gas beyond the reach of ordinary Nigerians who are forced to pay a higher price for product that the price structure from NLNG has not significantly changed.
“We therefore, dissociate our association (NALPGAM) from such exploitative acts of the terminals who are taking the industry and stakeholders for granted,’’ he said.
Essien said the upsurge in the price of cooking gas was detrimental to the efforts of the Federal Government at deepening cooking gas utilisation in the country.
He said that with this development, many Nigerians would go back to using kerosene and firewood which had attendant health effects.
“A filling station which was selling 300 litres of kerosene a week has seen its sales increased to about 6,000 litres because people who cannot afford gas due to the increment are going back to kerosene.
“This has so many negative effects on the economy, especially as food sellers would have to increase the prices of their food or reduce the quantity not to run at a loss,” he said.
Essien commended the NLNG for its efforts in supplying gas to Nigerians.
He added that the company would improve on its performance to deliver gas to other coastal terminals outside Lagos to reduce the inherent pressure on the terminals in the South West.
Edited by Joseph Edeh/Ese E. Ekama
Why Gov. Umahi is after me- Abia Onyike former Ebonyi Commissioner
Chief Abia Onyike, former Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi, has explained reason behind his present ordeal with Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi.
Onyike in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abakaliki, explained that Umahi and his agents were after him due to his criticism against the governor’s style of administration.
NAN recalls that Umahi in his live COVID-19 weekly radio broadcast to update the people, had directed the Director, State Security Service to ensure that Onyike was compelled to under go compulsory COVID-19 test.
He was directed to isolate/quarantine Onyike for 14 days for allegedly breaching the COVID-19 protocol restricting order on inter-state travels.
The statement was captioned, ‘Harassment, Intimidation and Isolation/Quarantne: Gov. Umahi’s Tactical Maneuvers To Silence Me From Criticising His Government’.
The former commissioner who also was the General Manager of Ebonyi Publishing and Printing Press, alleged that Umahi had employed all subterranean tactics to muzzle him and stop him from constructive criticism of the administration.
Onyike, a former National Deputy President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), and first Chairman, NUJ Ebonyi Council, has however vowed to resist any form of harassment, intimidation or persecution in his quest to get the government do the right thing.
The statement reads: “I want to seize this opportunity to draw the attention of the public to the incessant intimidation and harrassment which I have been subjected to by Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi and his agents.
” Umahi has vowed to employ all sinister measures to silence and prevent me from being critical of his anti-people administration.
“On Tuesday, June 9, I was part of a three-man panel of discussants invited by 92.5 Dream FM Radio in Enugu.
“The live radio programme was to analyse the issue of Leadership and Democracy in the South-East geopolitical zone, as part of the celebration of 21 years of uninterrupted democratic governance in Nigeria.
“In the one-hour programme, I took time to dissect and analyse Gov. Umahi’s administration government in Ebonyi.
” I accused the government of being nepotic, as the governor had converted the state to a private family dynasty.
“After the programme, I returned to Abakaliki and was confronted same day by Mr Austin Umahi, the governor’s younger brother who is the National Vice Chairman of PDP.
” He sent a message to my WhatsApp and threw caution to the winds by calling me names amidst other unprintable and derogatory comments, and sought to know why I criticised his brother’s government.
“Then, Thursday, June 11, Umahi used his live broadcast to issue an order that the security agencies should compel me to be isolated and quarantined.
“I wish to state categorically that the present step by Umahi is a calculated witch-hunt aimed at curtailing my fundamental human rights and freedom of speech.
” It was based on a letter issued by the Caretaker Committee Chairman
of Afikpo South Local Government Area, my LGA of origin.
” But, this process is shrouded in mystery and contradictions; first and foremost, I am resident in Abakaliki and not Afikpo South LGA.
” I wish to state that I will not be comfortable with any test being conducted by Gov. Umahi’s agents in Ebonyi as the governor and his brother, Austin had threatened to kill me.
Edited By: Obike Ukoh (NAN)
Price of garri rises by 95% in Enugu
Prices of garri (cassava flakes), a Nigerian staple food, has jumped in some major Enugu markets, according to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria .
A correspondent of NAN, who visited some markets in Enugu on Saturday, reports that the prices of white and red garri had increased by about 90 per cent.
Some garri sellers attributed the price hike scarcity of cassava due to off-season of the tuber.
Miss Felicia Ozoemena, a garri seller at New market, said that the price of a 4.5 litres bucket of white garri that was sold for N350 before, now cost N650.
Ozoemena also said that a 4.5 litres bucket of red garri goes for N900 as against the previous price of N550.
Another garri dealer at Garki market, Mr Uche Igwesi disclosed that a bag of garri previously selling at N14,000 is now selling at N22,000.
“The prices of foodstuffs like garri are always high during planting season but during the harvest period, they become cheaper.
“Due to lack of facilities to preserve the produce after harvesting, many produce go bad, therefore, leading to prices hike,’’ Igwesi said.
Another seller at Mayor Market, who did not want to be identified, said that the increase in prices was because many people had left farming.
“When many farmers went into cassava farming in 2017, the price of garri dropped significantly,’’ she said.
A buyer at Ogbete Main Market, Mrs Ngozi Egwu, expressed worry at the sudden rise in the prices of garri, adding that there was no much money in circulation.
A farmer, Mr Onwuka Ndubisi urged the public to embrace cassava farming so that there would be surplus of garri in the next harvest season.
“Surplus of cassava would definitely bring about crash in the price of garri if we all go into cassava farming, Egwu said.
Edited /Abdulfatah Babatunde
PMS Pump Price: DPR commends marketers for compliance in FCT
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has commended oil marketers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for complying to the new pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol.
Mr Buba Abubakar, Zonal Operations Controller, Abuja, gave the commendation while monitoring some filling stations to ascertain the level of compliance by marketers, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Petroleum Products, Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) had on June 1, announced a new price band of between N121.50 and 123.50 per liter for PSM.
Some of the filling stations visited include, Eterna Filling station Jabi, Total and Oando in Wuse zone 6, Rahamaniyya oil and Gas Mpape Junction, Yinzag petroils Mabushi among others .
NAN reports that majority of the filling stations visited were selling PMS at N123.50 per liter to motorists
“ In FCT, I think the marketers are doing well, I commend the marketers because all the stations we have visited about 33 or 36 of them, only about two of them we saw selling above the pump price and we have sealed them.
“I hope they will continue to comply,’’ he said.
He said that the two stations that were sealed were Rahamaniyya oil and Gas Mape Junction and Yinzag Petroils in Mabushi, adding that both were expected to comply or face the penalty.
“As I am talking to you now, one of them Rahamaniyya has complied and we will unseal it immediately.
“The penalty is N100, 000 per nozzle, so, if we come to your station and we discover that all the nozzles were bad, we will seal the station completely and you will pay the stipulated amount.
“If it is 20 nozzles, you pay the amount as the case may be,’’ he said.
Abubakar said that the aim of the monitoring was to ensure that Nigerian motorists were not short-changed by marketers at any point.
“Since yesterday, we have been going around to make sure that filling stations dispense the exact quantity to motorists, which is one of the reasons that we are out.
“Also, to make sure that they sell at the government price. Secondly, to make sure they don’t cheat the public by under dispensing.
“So, we will continue to go round, anybody found wanting, we will seal the station and charge them the appropriate penalty,” Abubakar added.
He said that monitoring exercise is being carried out by all the DPR field officers across the country.
On the circulation of adulterated Diesel, he said that DPR had received about six complaints and it is working hard to ensure they were tested.
“We have received a lot of complaints, some of them we visited and took sample.
“We are now waiting for the analysis, although the Lab scientists are not available now but the few management staff that we have are trying to make sure that they do the analysis, so that is the status now,’’ he said
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
Why rape cases are increasing-Ex-NBA chairman
A legal practitioner, Manzuma Issa, says lack of diligent prosecution of rape cases is responsible for the recent upsurge in the country.
Issa, the immediate past Chairman of the Ilorin branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that the rising cases of rape exposed the ineffectiveness of security agencies in diligently prosecuting accused persons.
He also called for intensive advocacy and diligent prosecution to curb the incessant cases of rape.
“I think I will suggest there should intensive awareness and advocacy to sensitise on the dangers of rape and the consequences.
“What we need is advocacy, proper prosecution of offenders because I know that some cases that are taken to recognisable institutions and authorities are settled.
“This encourages others to commit the offences.
“We need to address the issue of social justice. We need to address issue of corruption. People will commit crimes and get away with it.
“People have blamed the court of law, but the court acts on the materials put before it to deliver justice.
” So if there are insufficient materials, the judge, whatever may be the sentiment about the rampancy of a particular crime, cannot convict the defendant unless there is sufficient evidence before the court.
“The punishment for rape is 21 years imprisonment and I doubt if anybody has been convicted for offences of rape and incest in recent times,” he said.
On the burden of proof in rape cases, the legal practitioner explained that the proof of commission of rape is not too stringent.
“What the prosecution needs to prove is that there was a penetration and the victim never gave consent. It is as simple as that,” the lawyer said.
He urged victims of rape and their families to always come out to report so that culprits could be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
The lawyer also warned females against indecent dressing, saying it might be one of the contributory factors to the rising cases of the menace in the society.