Fuel Scarcity in Abuja
Fuel Scarcity in Abuja

  • NLC NEC meets today, begins mobilisation
  • Occupy Nigeria warms up
  • PENGASSAN, IPMAN hail N145/litre regime

AMID nationwide anger
resulting from Federal
Government’s decision to
deregulate the downstream
sector which resulted in the
increase in pump price of
petroleum product from
86.50 to 145, the Nigerian
Labour Congress, NLC,
has vehemently vowed to
collaborate with its civil
society allies to resist the
increase, describing the
increase has the height of
In a statement signed
by the NLC General
Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-
Eson and made available to Nigerian Pilot the labour body
described the removal as the
‘height of insensitivity and
“The unilateral increase in
prices of petroleum products
today by government
represents the height of
insensitivity and impunity
and shall be resisted by the
Nigeria Labour Congress and
its civil society allies.
“With the imposition on
the citizenry of criminal and
unjustifiable electricity tariff
and resultant darkness and
other economic challenges
brought on by the devaluation
of the Naira and spiralling
inflation, the least one had
expected at this point in time
was another policy measure
that would further make
life more miserable for the
ordinary Nigerian.
“The latest increase is the
most audacious and cruel in
the history of product price
increase as it represents
not only about 80 per cent
increase but it is tied to the
black market exchange rate.”
The statement reads.
NLC in the statement also
denied claim by the FG that
the decision to increase the
pump price was reached
after due consultations with
the stakeholders as not just
ridiculous but fallacious.
“The process through which
government arrived at this is
both illogical and illegal as the
board of the PPPRA is not duly
constituted. In our previous
statements and communiqués,
we had stressed the need for
reconstituting the boards
of NNPC and PPPRA and
wean both away from the
overbearing influence of
the Minister of State for
Petroleum Resources who
has assumed the role of a Sole
“The allusion to the fact that
the this increase was arrived
at after due consultation
with stake holders is not only
ridiculous and fallacious, it
goes to show that the brief
meeting held today during
which government was
advised shelve the idea until
at least it meets with the
appropriate organs of the
Congress was in bad faith.
“Accordingly, we urge the
government to revert the
prices to what they were. We
would want to put everybody
on notice that we shall resist
this criminal increase with
every means legitimate.
“Already an emergency
NEC meeting has been
scheduled for Friday, May
13, 2016 to decide on the next
line of action. Meanwhile,
our affiliates, state councils
and civil society allies are
requested to commence
mobilization immediately.”
The statement reads.
Occupy Nigeria calls out
Meanwhile, the pressure
group, Occupy Nigeria
has called out its members
and the public to rise to
the occasion for a mass
protest to drive home to the
Federal government that
this is one decision that will
affect Nigerians immensely.
Occupy Nigeria it will be
recalled, fought against a
similar move to remove fuel
subsidy in 2012.
hail new price
This is as the Nigeria Union
of Petroleum and Natural
Gas Workers, NUPENG,
and Petroleum and Natural
Gas Senior Staff Association
of Nigeria, PENGASSAN,
meeting in Calabar has
hailed the N145/litre regime
Meanwhile, Nigerians
from all over the country
are crying over the burden
the new regime placed on
them. In Kaduna, Senator
Shehu Sani described the
hike as insensitive and
urged President Buhari to
rescind the decision without
any delay. In Osun state,
commercial drivers stopped
operating yesterday in
protest while in Akwa Ibom,
NLC condemned the hike in
its entirety.
PDP Ogun state describes
it as hatred to the masses.
More stories on pages 8
and 9.

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    Senator Deno has vowed to start the protest. The Senator is talk-na-do. And Nigerians should be happy that we have such at the Senate. We have suffered enough in the mix of plenty. Read below and see how cables had reduced the whole Nigerians to nothing. The oil blocs listed in the
    statement are “Apo Well
    awarded to Sapetro Oil owned
    by Gen Theophilus Danjuma.
    Apo field is capable of
    producing 300,000 barrels per
    day and crude reserve of 500
    million barrels; OML 110 Obe
    oil field owed by Alhaji Mai
    Daribe; Cavendish Petroleum
    with an estimated 500 million
    barrel of crude oil; Akpo
    condensate field awarded to
    Sapetro Oil owned by Gen.
    Theophilus Damjuma; OML
    112 and OML 117 awarded to
    AMNI International Petroleum
    Development Company
    owned by Colonel Sanni Bello,
    son-in-law to former head
    of state, Gen. Abdulsalami
    Abubakar; OML 115 also
    known as Oldwok field and
    Ebok field awarded to Alhaji
    Mohammed Indimi, in-law
    to former head of state, Gen.
    Ibrahim Babangida; OML 215
    awarded to and operated by
    Nor East Petroleum Limited
    owned by one Alhali Saleh
    Mohammed Gambo. The field
    is worth $100 billion after tax.”
    Others listed are “OML
    108 awarded to Express
    Petroleum Company owned
    by Alhaji Aminu Dantata.
    This field is worth $128 billion
    dollars; OML 113 allocated
    to Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum
    Limited owned by Alhaji
    W. I. Folawiyo. Net worth is
    $150 billion; Prince Nasiru
    Ado Bayero, cousin to the
    Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanisu,
    marginal oil fields. It is worth
    $110 billion; Inter owned by
    Atiku Abubakar, Yara dua and
    Ado Bayero has a substantial
    stakes in the oil and gas
    exploration in the Niger Delta
    of Nigeria. AMNI International
    Petroleum Company owns
    OML 112 and OML 117.
    Former Minister of Petroleum
    and OPEC chairman, Rilwanu
    Lukman has major stakes in
    AMNI International Petroleum
    Company. OML 67 is operated
    by Afren Plc. Rilwanu lukman
    also has a major stakes and the
    field worth $180 billion.”
    It also listed OPL 245
    which it said was awarded to
    Malabu Oil and Gas owned
    by Dan Etete. “It is worth $50
    billion. OPL 289 and OPL 233
    were awarded to Cleanwater
    Consortium; the two fields
    are worth $200 billion. Former
    Governor Peter Odili of Rivers
    State, Obasanjo and Sultan
    of Sokoto have major Stakes.
    OPL 288 was awarded to
    Focus Energy; Senator Andy
    Uba, Obasanjo and Gen
    Theophilus Danjuma are the
    major stakeholders. The field
    is worth $70 billion. OPL 291
    awarded to Starcrest Energy
    Nigeria Limited (and) owned
    by Emeka Offor. The field
    is worth $100 billion. Mike
    Adenuga’s Conoil controls and
    operates six (6) oil blocs and
    exports about 500,000 barrels
    of crude oil daily. These six oil
    blocs are worth $500 billion.”

  • vic