The opposition All Progressives Congress has stated that Nigerians residing in Lagos and Abuja are the only ones buying fuel at the official price of N87.
This was disclosed by a deputy director at the party’s presidential campaign office, Olorunnimbe Mamora, at a press conference at APC national secretariat in Abuja.
Mr. Mamora also said fuel scarcity still persisted all over Nigeria, except in the two major cities.
“Across the country, except Lagos and Abuja where fuel scarcity has eased off, due largely to the huge presence of the media and very active civil society, the situation in other parts of Nigeria has been that of pains, anguish and frustration,” he said.
The former Senator said Nigerians struggle daily to buy fuel at fuel stations. He said social and economic activities in most parts of Northern Nigeria, South East and South-South have become almost paralyzed as fuel scarcity bites harder and stronger.
“Motorists and other citizens are paying through their noses to buy above official pump price of N87, a price reduction recently hurriedly announced in an attempt to deceive Nigerians for electoral purpose,” he said.
Mr. Mamora recalled that at the height of the scarcity of fuel three weeks ago, the Nigerian government simply gave excuses and even blamed the APC for the fuel scarcity.
“The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC came out afterwards to tell Nigerians the actual reason for this unfortunate development was due to non-payment of about N250b subsidy claims to the major importers coupled with the unstable foreign exchange rates,” he said.
He also said the party has been able to establish that a litre of petrol is selling in Aba at N110, in Benin it is selling at N150, in Uyo a litre is selling at NNPC Mega Station at N97 while other privately-owned fuel stations are selling at N110 per litre.
He said in Kaduna and Northern states the scarcity was biting harder as petrol is selling above N120 with long queues. While in Port Harcourt and South Eastern States a litre of Petrol sells between N130 and N150 just as it is selling above N100 in Ado-Ekiti and Akure, Ondo state capital.
“This is the sorry state of our country today. A major crude oil producing country depends on massive importation of refined petroleum products to meet local consumption,” he said.
Mr. Mamora also said despite the heavy annual subsidy of over N1trillion on Kerosene, the product is not selling at the regulated price of N50/litre and the poor masses who depend on this essential product are buying across Nigeria between N150 and N180/litre.
“The government and its apologists gleefully trumpet that the Nigeria’s rebased economy is the biggest in Africa yet the economy is powered by generators,” he said. “What an irony!
“Businesses are closing down because of the high cost of energy. Even with the fall in the global price of crude the pump price of diesel has remained as it was before. This has defiled logic.
“Nigerians are asking question why our four refineries are not working at full capacity. They want to know why the country is the only crude oil producer in the world that is the biggest importer of refined products with the associated massive corruption that is feeding the greed of the leaders of the ruling party, the PDP.
“These are the issues in this campaign and they are the issues that affect our people. Rather than confronting these issues, the Jonathanians in their Buhariphobia continue to engage in campaign of calumny and hate propaganda against our presidential candidate and other leading lights in our party.”
He said the APC and its Presidential Candidate, Mr. Buhari were poised to tackle headlong these hydra headed socio-economic problems and give Nigerians a new lease of life.
“This government has failed woefully to meet the yearnings of Nigerians for basic things of life, least of all, availability of petroleum products, with the associated industrial scale corruption,” he said. “As a country and a people we cannot continue in this wicked, destructive and very unsustainable path. The time to save Nigeria and begin a process of rebuilding our country is now,” he said.
Collapsed health care system
Mr. Mamora also took time to talk on Nigeria’s health care system. He said after President Jonathan’s four years in office, the country’s health institutions, most especially at the tertiary level, have witnessed a systemic decay with doctors’ and other health workers’ prolonged labour disputes never seen in history of the country.
He said salaries of most health workers at the Federal level have not been paid till date.
“In recent World Health Organization Ranking of the World Health Systems, Nigeria was ranked 187 out of 190 countries,” he said. “What a pity!
“South Africa, Angola, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco ranked better than Nigeria despite our oil wealth yet our public officers and their family members travel abroad for most mundane health related matters.
“According to UNICEF Nigeria, every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under–five and maternal mortality rate in the world.
“A study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the influential British journal ranked Nigeria as the worst place for a baby to be born in 2013.”
APC said due to the dearth of necessary working tools, a large number of Nigerian registered medical doctors have moved abroad. The party said most of the Doctors are found in the United Kingdom, USA, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
“Out of 65,000 doctors registered in Nigeria, only 25,000 are currently practicing in the country, the former President of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Osahon Enabulele said not long ago.”
He also said the APC and the government it will lead under Mr. Buhari will reverse this ugly trend and revive the health sector with well-motivated health workers and world-class working tools.
Nigeria Vs Morocco Diplomatic Row
Mr. Mamora also said the APC was outraged and embarrassed beyond words that the Jonathan government could elevate lying as a state policy.
He said the false claim that Mr. Jonathan spoke to Moroccan King Mohammed V1 when no such telephone conversation ever took place has made Nigeria a laughing stock in the eyes of the world.
“It is yet another in the series of lying Presidency,” he said.
Mr. Mamora said “by our traditions and cultures, lying is not encouraged even among children. Why did President Jonathan have to wait until Morocco recalled its Ambassador to Nigeria before he issued a clarification on the issue?
“His belated admission that he never spoke to Moroccan King at any time didn’t go far enough. Instead of apologizing to Nigerians for the diplomatic embarrassment his administration had caused Nigeria, the Presidency is blaming some fall guys at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he said.
“As the President, the buck stops at his desk, and it was therefore, inappropriate for the President to dismiss a serious diplomatic gaffe with levity and blame some poor, anonymous civil servants for the row.
“He should just own up, apologize and stop lying, not only this but on several others on which they are culpable. A word is enough for the wise.”