Monday, March 8, 2021

Nigerian governors to meet Buhari over fuel, electricity tariff hike


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The Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, is set to meet President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent increment in petrol pump price and electricity tariff in the country.

DAILY NIGERIAN recalls that the Pipeline Products Marketing Company, PPMC, had on September 2, announced a new petrol pump price of N151.56 per litre.

The Head Depot Manager, D.O. Agbalaya, who signed a brief internal memo with ref: PPMC /IB/LS/020, dated September 2, said the increment was effective from the same date.

Addressing newsmen on Tuesday, Governor Muhammadu Badaru of Jigawa, that state governors are highly disturbed over the uproar that trails the increase.

He said: “We are soon going to meet with President Buhari over the pump price of fuel and power tariff rise and God willing, something good is coming out from the meeting.

“I don’t want to preempt our proposed meetings with President Buhari over this issue, but I’m assuring you that we are going to mediate for the benefits of Nigerians.

Speaking on the Sule Lamido University crisis, Governor Badaru, said the state could not finance the institution with the 2 per cent agreed monthly stipend, adding that government is also bankrupt.

Similarly, Mr Badaru said the University was built with N7 billion by the previous government but only N2 billion was paid to contractors, leaving the state to be indebted.

“I paid the remaining N5 billion to contractors and this is away from the numerous projects we are executing in the University,” he said.

Governor Badaru noted that the government was taking over the finances of the university, saying that there is no way local government could be subjected to this financial infringement.

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