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Fuel Scarcity Hits Again As NNPC Supply Collapses

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Last Updated on October 19, 2023 by Fellow Press

Fuel scarcity has resurfaced across Nigeria as many oil marketers shut their outlets against motorists and other buyers on the back of an unfavourable working environment.

Long queues have also been sighted at various retail stations across the nation with the product, BusinessDay’s findings revealed.

In Lagos, the queue sighted at the retail outlet of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited in King’s Way Road, Ikoyi, has found its way to Mobolaji Johnson Avenue road while TotalEnergies at Eric Moore has shut its gate to motorists to avoid congestion.

Saitara Petroleum and Gas at Orile Iganmu has shut down its operations while Tinpet Nigeria Limited, which is trying to keep the lights on, has increased its petrol pump price to N605 per litre as at 01:14 pm today.

In Abuja, many marketers who were opened have hiked their pump price from N615 per litre to N625 per litre.

Matrix Energy Limited in Delta state sent out a memo today stating that the prices of petrol and diesel have moved to N598 and N958 per litre respectively.

Independent marketers have hinged this development on the inability to import the product despite deregulation of the downstream sector on the back of market Instability, bad roads and a shortage of foreign currency, with the price of a dollar currently trading for more than N1,045 on the black market.

Since NNPC is still the only importer of the goods, it was gathered that it had supply. However, its affordability remains a bane for smooth operations for marketers.

Abdulkadir Mustapha, the spokesperson of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) in Borno state, said: “The problem is that most private depots are out of stock because they are supplied by NNPC. Since NNPC is the sole importer, the private depots from which independents purchase products likewise rely on NNPC for supplies. Profiteering is also encouraged by this setup.

“We have had a difficult time picking products from NNPC in almost a week, which is why you are noticing this scarcity. The crucial aspect here is that, despite deregulation, NNPC remains the sole importer of PMS, with no other depot importing.

Some of NNPC’s portals have closed and are no longer issuing authority to lift to marketers in some of their portals.” This demonstrates that there is a substantial gap in the supply chain. However, the NNPC promised that they are anticipating products and will feed us very soon.”

Analysing the difficulties in distributing available products, Mustapha said: “Fueling a diesel truck to take products to and from the depot of origin either lagos to Maiduguri or Warri to Calabar to Maiduguri without servicing the truck and other minor and major repairs now cost N2 million.

“This shows that per litre of petrol transportation to the far north is not less than N65 per litre.” According to his analysis, the total cost per litre of petrol will stand at N657 per litre without a return from the investment or profit for the investment of N29.6 million.

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Accept FG offer above N60,000 as new minimum wage, Opeyemi Bamidele to labour

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The Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, APC, Ekiti Central has pleaded with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC
to accept whatever the federal government offered them above N60,000 as the new minimum wage.

Bamidele urged the NLC and TUC to toe the path of dialogue and peace in the negotiation of a new minimum wage, which the President had promised to send a bill to the National Assembly for this purpose.

The Senate Leader has reiterated the need for Nigerians to demonstrate more patriotic spirit and oneness in their daily activities as the nation journeys through its socio-political trajectory towards the promised land.

He made the call in an Eid-el-Kabir message by his Directorate of Media and Public Affairs on Sunday, just as he highlighted some achievements of the administration of President BolaTinubu.

Bamidele said, “The federal government has conceded to N60,000, which translates to a 100 percent increase. But both NLC and TUC turned down this offer, leading to a two-day industrial action.

“The federal government has promised to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will remain in this condition. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse disturbing economic indicators.”has conceded to N60,000, which translates to a 100 percent increase. But both NLC and TUC turned down this offer, leading to a two-day industrial action.

“The federal government has promised to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will remain in this condition. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse disturbing economic indicators.”

While identifying with all Muslim faithful nationwide, Bamidele who noted that Nigerians, regardless of religion and tribes, should team up with and rally support for the Tinubu administration to safely steer the ship of the nation into a successful end, emphasised that no nation could travel the journey of national rebirth alone without the unwavering support of its citizens not minding their political, cultural and social backgrounds and orientations.

He assured that the current administration would leave no stone unturned in alleviating the economic hardship being faced by the majority of Nigerians and re-offer them a sense of pride in their home country.

In the spirit of the season, the Senate Leader urged all Muslims to emulate love and good neighbourliness exemplified by Prophet Mohammed (SWAT) during his time and how he related very well with people of other faiths and nationalities.

Bamidele who appealed that the ongoing reengineering efforts of the Tinubu Administration could only yield democratic dividends in an atmosphere devoid of insecurity, but where lives and property are protected, said: “Just to mention a few among ongoing projects like the 700 kilometres Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, the establishment of N50 Billion Pulako Initiative and annual recruitment of 30,000 new police personnel are Key Performance Indicators of this government.

“Only recently, this government declared a state of emergency in agriculture and launched the National Agricultural Development Fund with N100 billion, in addition to the Dry Season Farming Initiative and the Green Imperative Programme to ensure food security across the land.

“All these and other components of the 8-point Renewed Hope Agenda require the patriotic support and prayers for their deliverables to multiply at the doorsteps of Nigerians in the remaining three years of the first term of this government.”

He further urged the Muslim faithful to use the season of Eid el-Kabir to pray for the leaders of the country for divine wisdom and understanding that can match the enormous tasks of leading the country especially at a time when economic realities are not favourable around the world.

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FG updates on UAE lifting visa ban on Nigeria

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The Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, has revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will soon announce the date for lifting the visa ban that has been imposed on Nigerian travellers.

This information was shared during an interview with Otega Ogra, Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Tinubu, which is available on the official YouTube page of the State House of Nigeria.

Keyamo acknowledged that while a resolution was reached between President Bola Tinubu and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during President Tinubu’s working visit to the UAE in September 2023, additional processes were required before the ban could be officially lifted.

He said the processes have now been completed, paving the way for the imminent announcement from the UAE government.

“After that high-level meeting, Mr. President, credited to him, made things very easy for us all. We did our follow-ups as his ministers. We have done everything. We have resolved everything.

“Just wait for the announcement from the UAE government, and that announcement is imminent,” Keyamo stated.

The Minister further mentioned that he is aware of the specific date when the travel restriction will be lifted, but he emphasized that it is up to the UAE government to make the official announcement.

The lifting of the ban is expected to restore ease of travel for Nigerian citizens to the UAE, thereby enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.

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