Petroleum marketers defy directive on N87 pump price

NNPC Mega Station

Petroleum marketers in Sokoto and its environs have continued to retain the N97 old pump price of petrol, despite the N87 price per litre announced by the Federal Government on Sunday.

A correspondent who monitored the petroleum supply situation in Sokoto on Monday and Tuesday reported that the commodity was being sold for between N97 and N110 per litre.

The situation was the same at most of the major and independent petroleum marketers’ filling stations.
It was also observed that the NNPC mega stations on Gusau Road, like several others located in the town, were closed.

Ibrahim Musa, a petrol attendant at Mobile filling station, said “we are yet to receive new supplies of the product based on the new pump price’’.

Another attendant at on Gusau Road, also said: “We are ready to adjust to the new price whenever we receive an official confirmation’’.

One of the correspondents on duty said one of the NNPC mega stations on the road sold the product at the old rate of N97 per litre.

All efforts to get comments from the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, proved abortive.

Its Controller, Salihu Moriki, was said to have traveled out of Nigeria for an official assignment.

In the same vein, his deputy, Kaka Sheikh, was on annual leave while the acting Controller was out of the office when a correspondent visited the office on Tuesday.

(NAN)


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  • Sunday Jimoh

    If a marketer bought fuel at the old higher price, you cannot expect him or her to sell at the new lower price. Nigerians should be reasonable and accept that it will take at least one week for the new price to reflect on the pumps across the country. It could even be up to 2 weeks.

    • Obinna

      You are one of them. What of if there is even rumous of increase or even strike of NUPENG, they will immediately change the price despite the fact that the product is bought at the old price. You must be supporting GEJ because only under his watch this type of lawlessness and outright stealing will be condoned.

      • Sunday Jimoh

        Obinna, you are wrong. I neither support GEJ nor do I intend to vote for him. But I use my brain and do not just make noise because everyone is making noise. I tell you this: When it comes to petroleum products, the real thieves today are the fuel marketers. Since Yar’adua’s time, the government has taken its hands off diesel – no subsidy, no price regulation. What do we have today? The marketers have connived to keep the price of diesel high at N150 to N170/litre, despite the fact that crude oil price has more than halved in the last six months. If people like you, and the NLC are really serious, you would be out on the streets doing battle with the likes of Oando, Forte Oil, MRS, etc. You don’t seem to know where your battle is, you are just making emotional noise!

  • Lanre

    Thank you Prof. Omotoso. I believe that Yorubas deserve their own country. That is the first way to start. More than me, you know the history of Nigeria. How did we have Babangida and then Abacha? Is that not what brought us here? The forced marriage called Nigeria? Also, I listened to what the NBA President said. He did not support corruption. Rather what he called for was the proper delineation of duties. I know you will probably laugh when you read what I just wrote. But my response is as follows: We cannot have a revolution in Nigeria. A Nigerian Revolution is an oxymoron (second time I will be using this word today. I told someone on Sahara Reporters that the term “Patriotic Nigerian” was a misnomer and an oxymoron.) Hope you are enjoying, Akure, Sir.

    • Datti

      If I were you, I would rather keep quiet than showing this lack of understanding.

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    ‘Change the political environment.’ I supported and worked for Buhari and it was on the basis of his acclaimed aversion for corruption. Well, I’ve come to realise that no one between Buhari, IBB, OBJ, Abdulsalami, Danjuma, Gowon and the rest of the minions who grew large serving or servicing them can change the political environment. You can’t change what you don’t really understand because you look at through a smug lens of arrogant personal and group power. To fight corruption you must first battle down those things – social climate, power relations, cultural and traditional practices – which make corruption unavoidable. In the first place, the Nigerian state structure as presently constituted is a product of corruption and must be necessarily corrupt to be able to put up a motion that gives it the semblance of a functioning enterprise. Any one who supports and upholds such a structure cannot be said to be fighting corruption because the wheels of the state need corruption to run. His first assignment should be to dismantle the structure before anything else.