Nigeria: Petroleum Marketers In Crucial Meeting With PPPRA Over Fuel Subsidy Removal-Premium Times

A crucial meeting of all petroleum products marketers in the country is currently holding in Abuja.

The meeting, in session at the headquarters of the petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Authority (PPPRA), has in attendance top officials of the independent and major petroleum marketing companies in the country, National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) as well as those of government agencies related to the management of petroleum products marketing and distribution.

Though the agenda of the meeting is a closely guarded secret, even to most staff of the PPPRA, Premium Times gathered from authoritative sources that it is not unconnected to the planned removal of subsidy on petroleum products by the Federal Government.

“I can tell you it’s a strategy meeting,” said a PPPRA source, who pleaded not to be named because he has no permission to speak on the matter. “Government is bent on going ahead and we are trying to work out a strategy and bring all stakeholders on board.”

President Goodluck Jonathan was, while presenting the 2012 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly yesterday in Abuja, silent on the provision for fuel subsidy for 2012, an indication that the government has made up its mind to go ahead with the removal of the subsidy in spite of fierce opposition by a majority of Nigerians on the issue.

There is heavy security cordon around and within the venue of the meeting, as movement of visitors to the PPPRA office has been highly restricted to the ground floor which houses a commercial bank.

Premium Times gathered that the meeting would provide a forum for stakeholders to discuss modalities for the take off of the era of fuel subsidy removal in the country, which will mark the beginning of full deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

The Executive Secretary of PPPRA, Reginald Stanley, is expected to address the media on the outcome of the meeting later today.

  1. Alfrey Reply

    NIGERIA; one of the greatest cutrony in Africa is in a state of dilema, a state of continuous suffering, growing from bad to worse, roaming from problems to problems; infact, its democratic system has turned a system of dictatorship the opinion of the masses were never to be looked into instead selfish interest overruled.There is no doubt in me that this unfaithful removal of fuel subsidy has not only affected me and my company but also all Nigerian most especiall the fixed income earners.This state in which our Great Country is today has been making me to crying in the mind, paining me inwardly, creating fear in me for a better Nigeria.FOR HOW LONG DO WE HAVE TO CONTINUE LIKE THIS?

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