The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the All Progressives Congress, APC, to slash the pump price of fuel to reflect the prevalent slump in the cost of crude oil and petroleum products in the international market. The price of crude was $10 per barrel at the international market on Monday, its lowest in 21 years.
The PDP said the APC and the Federal Government have no reason whatsoever to continue to retain the pump price of fuel at N125 per litre despite the drastic crash in the international price of crude oil.
A statement signed by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan read: “The party notes that given the prevalent international price, the appropriate price template for domestic pump price of fuel in Nigeria ought to be between N60 to N70 per litre in response to the variables of international market forces.
“The PDP stressed that the APC government ought to have reduced the pump price, earlier in the year, to N90 per liter when crude oil price slumped to about $30 per barrel.
“The party, therefore, wonders why this administration had continued with N125 per litre, even with the further fall in the price of crude oil price.
“The PDP berates the APC and cautioned it to stop fleecing Nigerians with inappropriate fuel price template, particularly at this time when the citizens are battling with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our party, therefore, demands that the Federal Government should reduce the pump price of fuel without further delay.”
“In the same vein, the PDP demands that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, should immediately declare the billions of naira accruable as overcharge from the inappropriate N125 per litre since the crash in crude oil price and channel the funds for palliatives to Nigerians.”
“Furthermore, the PDP demands that the NNPC should waste no further time in recovering the proceeds of its alleged sleazy and over-bloated oil subsidy regime, which should also be channelled as palliatives to Nigerians.
“Nigerians can recall that the NNPC had, earlier in the month, confessed that the APC administration had, in the last five years, engaged in underhand subsidy deals, which included a hazy under-recovery for unnamed West African countries, running into trillions of naira, while Nigerians continued to bear the burden on unsubsidized fuel.
“The PDP also restates its call on the National Assembly to immediately open an investigation into the fuel price overcharge as well as the fraudulent subsidy regime through which over N14 trillion had allegedly been frittered by a few unscrupulous individuals operating as a cabal in government circles.”