Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led Federal Government of defrauding Nigerians of kerosene price as N150 per litre, instead of N50.
Oshiomhole said this in Benin while addressing defectors from the opposition party, PDP.
The Governor stated that the Federal Government had deprived the masses of enjoying the benefits of the natural resources bestowed on the country by God through shady subsidies on crude oil.
This, he said, has been the case for 16 years since PDP assumed power.
Oshiomole added, “The man who has a shop must close by 6pm. If he operates beyond 6pm, he must put on a generator set and buy petrol or diesel.
“From Otuoke to Benin City, Lagos, Ekpoma, Iyahmo and Sokoto, kerosene is now between the price of N150 and N160 per litre. For every N150 you spend in buying kerosene, the PDP steals N100 because in the books of NNPC, they have it in record that kerosene is N50 per litre.”
The State Governor commended the quality of the defectors whom he described as knowledgeable.
He further said, “Today is not just the fact of the huge number in this hall but it is also about the quality of the brains that have now joined us.
“In a world that is knowledge-driven, it is only the party that can parade the best brains that can drive the sustainable change that Nigeria is currently battling with in order to bail our country from its present political quagmire.”
The Department of Petroleum Resources has sealed two petrol stations for hoarding and diversion of kerosene.
The Controller of Abuja zonal office of the DPR, Mr Aliyu Halidu, said that the hoarding and diversion of petroleum product is creating an artificial scarcity within the city and the environs.
One of the stations, Sunmart Filling Station is licensed to store only 34,000 litres of kerosene. However, the station had taken delivery of 24 trucks of various capacities, but which were not dispensed to the public.
At another station, the officials discovered a worse situation. The station does not have the facilities to receive and dispense kerosene, yet the management had received 11 trucks of various capacities ranging from 33,000 – 60,000 litres.
While sealing the stations, officials of the DPR explained that they decided to take these stringent measures to ensure that the petrol stations follow all the rules laid down by the regulatory body.
Mr Halidu warned petrol stations that the action of some petrol station is a violation of the petroleum laws and regulations governing procurement and distribution of petroleum products.
Although, sealing the stations is one option for the Department of Petroleum Resources, the DPR has promised to prosecute stations that are involved in the hoarding and diversion of petroleum products.
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has flagged off a nationwide distribution initiative.
This initiative, according to the organization, is to ensure that kerosene sells at a controlled pump price of 50 Naira per litre and also improve the sales of the product across the country.
An initiative of the Ministry Of Petroleum Resources, PPMC and NNPC, the National President of IPMAN, Abdulkadir Aminu said that the exercise is to ameliorate the suffering of Nigerians who cannot afford the cooking gas.
He said the process would be monitored to ensure compliance of retail outlets and that consumers buy only for their use only.
The Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company limited (KRPC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has raised alarm that diversion, hoarding and illegal movement of kerosene to unapproved destinations are the causes of scarcity and high cost of the product in the country.
Manager public affairs of Kaduna refinery, Abdullahi Idris made the complaint at the flagging off of sale of kerosene at N50 per litre official pump price to the host communities in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.
Giving reasons for the lingering scarcity and outrageous cost of kerosene in the country, Idris said the Kaduna refinery loads not less than 60 trucks of the product to marketers on daily basis and wondered why the product is not made available to the masses by marketers.
He said the sale of kerosene to the host communities at official pump price of N50 per litre was to cushion the effects of the scarcity and also appealed to independent marketers in the country to stop hoarding or diverting the product.