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Lingering Fuel Scarcity:Arewa Youths give FG 5-day Ultimatum to sack, investigate Sylva, Kyari, Farouk



..Threaten to shutdown zonal offices
..Say trio failed woefully
..Urge NASS to probe subsidy regime

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Amalgamation of Arewa Youth Groups (AAYG), an Umbrella body of 225 active Socio-cultural and Socio-religious associations in northern Nigeria has given the Federal government five days ultimatum to sack Chief Timipre Sylva, the Minister of state for Petroleum, Mr Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC Limited and Mr Farouk Ahmed, the Managing Director of Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

AAYG described the trio as saboteurs who have betrayed the trust of Mr President and quest to leave a legacy of easy access to petroleum products without queues.

In a press conference addressed by
AAYG Secretary ,Comrade Abubakar Musa Ardo and spokesman , Comrade Victor Duniya, the body averred that Nigerians are currently passing through excruciating pains due to fuel Scarcity, lamenting that the situation has remained the same in the significant part of 2022, with no end at sight.

“Where you manage to see little of it, it sells between 250-300 Naira, in a broad day light without fear of government regulatory agencies”, they said.

The group called on Mr President to wield the big stick on the trio of Mr Timipre Sylva, State Minister of Petroleum; Mele Kyari GMD, NNPC LTD and Farouk Ahmed, MD NMDPRA for clear act of sabotage and an attempt to pitch Nigerians against him.

They also called on the National Assembly to urgently probe the subsidy regime and compare notes with previous years to dictate the rigged figure by both the NNPC and NMDPRA, and ensure that all those concerned are punished.

“Call on anti -graft agencies to probe the activities of the staff of NMDPRA for possible collusion with Independent Petroleum Marketers to financially rape the Federal Government and Nigerians, as PMS now sell far above the National Bench mark.

The group recognize that both Mele Kyari and Mr Farouk Ahmed are all from our region, and therefore, there is no gainsaying that they have failed woefully in their responsibilities

“We strongly support change in guards in their offices as they appeared to have run out of ideas on how to end the lingering energy crisis in the country.
They warned that “if our demands are not met in the next five working days, we shall organize our members from town villages to occupy all NNPC zonal offices and its subsidiaries across our region and the FCT until we see changes.
According to them, “this is not just a mere threat. We will follow up with full action after the expiration of our ultimatum and this will serve as a litmus test on the part of the Government on their fight against corruption and indiscipline”.

They further noted that : “As critical stakeholders in the Nigeria building project, we can’t continue to fold our hands and allow things degenerate to point of no return. There is no justification for this scarcity amidst abundant blessings of crude oil in most parts of Country, that are both tapped and untapped.

Excerpts of the Address reads: “During the previous scarcity in the early part of this year, both the NNPC and Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) accused some major importers of importing high Metabolic contaminated Premium Motor Spirits, with the promise of bringing the said companies to justice.
“Till date, nobody has been punished for inflicting pains on Nigerians.
“We acknowledged the concerted efforts of our father, President Muhammadu Buhari who has been doing much to leave a lasting legacy as his tenure come to an end next year.
“However, we adjudged the trios of Chief Timipre Sylva, the Minister for Petroleum, whom Mr President trusted with the powers of his office as Senior Minister of Petroleum; Mr Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director of NNPC Limited and Mr Farouk Ahmed, the Managing Director of Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority as saboteurs who have betrayed the trust of Mr President and quest to leave a legacy of easy access to petroleum products without queues.
“While Mr Farouk and his boys are sleeping or in active, Independent Petroleum marketers are selling PMS in most Northern states as high as N250. This is against the National benchmark and highly subsidized rate of N165.

“One the consequences of inadequate supply of the Petroleum products in our region is the renewed killings by terrorists as security agencies are equally struggling to access the product in most rural communities that are soft target for criminal elements, therefore they are largely immobilize to respond to distress calls”, they noted.


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FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets



THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday

Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.

“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.

“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.

“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”

The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,

The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).

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DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt



The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real

DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.

A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.

“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

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