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DEREGULATION | 37 Firms Interested in Building Refineries

by on May 20, 2016
 
A few days after the Feder­al Government declared the deregulation of the oil sector, 37 firms have indicated interests to invest in the country’s refineries, the Min­ister of Information and Cul­ture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.
Mohammed disclosed this during the stakeholders’ meet­ing of the ruling All Progres­sives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Thursday.
The increase in the Petrole­um Motor Spirit (PMS) known as fuel to N145 by the Federal Government last week has re­ceived mixed reactions from Nigerians.
The minister, who led his colleagues, Chris Ngige (La­bour and Employment), Ada­mu Adamu (Education) and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Ba­bachir Lawal to interface with the leadership of the APC, in­cluding the state chairmen of the party, urged the party lead­ers to educate their members to embrace the government’s de­cision on the new fuel pump price.
Mohammed, who reeled out the advantages of the de­regulation of the oil sector, stat­ed that the exercise had led to 37 companies expressing inter­ests to invest in the petroleum downstream sector.
The minister further said that all the stakeholders in the industry, including the Inde­pendent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN), the Na­tional Union of Petroleum Nat­ural Gas (NUPENG), Petrole­um and Natural Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Con­gress (TUC) were consulted and they also advised the gov­ernment on how best the fuel impasse could be permanent­ly arrested before government took its position.
According to him, the gov­ernment has setup a commit­tee to look at the entire price regime vis-a-vis the mini­mum wage so that a lasting so­lution could be reached, add­ing that the committee which is yet to be inaugurated, is ex­pected to submit its findings in six months.
On the benefits of the new price regime, Mohammed said:
“Let’s look at the benefit for Nigeria and for the common man. The first benefit for Nige­ria and for the common man is that it will conveniently erad­icate subsidy payment and all corruption associated with sub­sidy payment.
“In 2015 alone, over N1 trillion was spent on subsidy. Even our own government, we had to go to the National As­sembly for a supplementary budget; the subsidy component of that budget was N572 billion. When this new price regime be­comes operational, then we are not going to pay anybody any subsidy again. We can now use the money for roads, education and health.
“This new price regime will make the product availa­ble everywhere in the country at all times. That crude which the Nigerian National Petrole­um Corporation (NNPC) has been using to supplement its swap system will cease and then there will then be more mon­ey for the three tiers of govern­ment to share. This price regime is going to encourage more in­vestments in refineries and in the gas stream sector. You may notice that throughout last week, 37 companies were jos­tling to come and invest in our refineries just because we have opened up the sector.
“Again, this price regime will lead to the creation of more jobs because when people in­vest in the downstream sector, they invest in refineries; there will be more jobs and it will also save the existing jobs. We can see a total of 200,000 new jobs being created and saving the ex­isting 400,000 jobs.
And as the NLC strike en­ters the third day today, the un­ion’s President, Comrade Ayu­ba Wabba has expressed the resolve of the organised labour to resume negotiations with the government.
Wabba, who led the NLC leaders to the Senate on Thurs­day, debunked media reports that his team staged a walkout on the Federal Government’s delegation.
He told journalists in Abu­ja after a closed-door meet­ing with the Senate President, Abukakar Bukola Saraki, that the NLC has not received any formal invitation for a meet­ing with the Federal Govern­ment since they commenced the strike.

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  • blessed ututu ventures osha
    May 20, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Comment…i knw president buhari and Apc govt is working very hard 2 change naij frm worst 2 better naij….up up up buhari

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  • blessed ututu ventures osha
    May 20, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Comment…i wnt 2 ask NLC sumthing! Wht of if FG agreed 2 sell fuel 87 finally we didnt see d fuel 2 buy or end up buying it 200 per liter…..let us think twins b4 w do any thing…. i knw president buhari and Apc govt is working very hard 2 change naij frm worst 2 better naij….let us support dis govt….. up up up buhari.,

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  • Baron
    May 20, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Comment…IT is proper to remove subsidy but not proper to peg the price of fuel at 145. “When fuel sold for 86.50,govt said it was subsidising with 12.60. So the proper thing to do would have been to sell fuel at 99.10, an addition of the price of fuel and the value of the subsidy so removed. To now take the price to 145 in itself is ridiculous and unacceptable. What it mean is that govt is taxing every fuel user 45,90 for every litre of fuel bought. That in itself is fraud and criminality. Govt should be properly advised. We are already suffering a lot in this country.

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