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12022018 - Fuel crisis : PDP, APC in verbal war over President's role



Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018—5 POCKET CARTOON THANKSGIVING—Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson (R), felicitates with the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bayelsa State Chapter, Bishop Jacob Akpiri (M); while Bishop Ebi Belepeigha (L), looks on, during the 6th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of the Restoration Government, at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa. FUEL CRISIS: PDP, APC in verbal war over President's role Secretary, Continues from Page 1 Minister of Petroleum Resources, given the attendant fuel crisis in the country. The face-off between the two parties came as a civil society group, Spaces for Change, expressed concern at the weekend that the passage of the Petroleum Governance Industry Bill, PGIB, could be of no effect to the industry if the President continued to serve as Minister of Petroleum. The assertion of the group was, however, debunked by another civil society group, Civil Society Advocacy and Legislative Centre, CISLAC which averred that the coming into law of the Petroleum Industry Governance law would make the minister essentially nominal. The PDP, commenting on the unending fuel supply crisis in the country, observed that President Buhari as Minister of Petroleum should accept responsibility for the manifest failure in the oil sector, even as his government should be held responsible for the exacerbated economic and security situation in the country. PDP National Publicity Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said it was disheartening that instead of being remorseful for its failures, the APC-led government was busy dishing out lies and fabricated indices in an attempt to give Nigerians false hope on issues related to the fuel crisis and the collapsing national economy. The Promise The party also said the fact that the Presidency has unapologetically failed to fix a national problem, which in December 2017 it promised to resolve within one week, showed it had no solution but intended to continue to hold the nation to ransom. PDP stated: “The inherent poor coordination, inefficiency and reported heavy sleazes in a sector that is under the direct supervision of the President, raise a lot of issues and speak volumes of the evident mismanagement of the system for which the economy is now in complete shambles. “It is an appalling height of insensitivity that the President, as the Minister of Petroleum Resources, has failed to take any decisive steps to arrest the situation, which has remained unabated since the last Yuletide. “Rather, the sector has been delivered to an APC cabal, whose mission, particularly, the desperate re-election bid, largely accounts for the biting fuel situation and the economic misery Nigerians suffer today. “It is instructive to state that the Presidency has refused to offer any explanation on the allegations linking the fuel crisis to the exposed siphoning of billions of naira through shady oil subsidy deals and the illegal lifting of crude oil worth trillions of naira, ostensibly to service APC interests ahead of the 2019 general elections. “The point is that owing to the ineptitude of the Buhari Presidency and the desperation to remain in power, millions of Nigerians are languishing. “The economy has further dipped in the last two months of this harrowing fuel situation; more businesses have folded up, prices of essential goods are skyrocketing and families are, more than ever before, under intense pressure of meeting economic demands. “Currently, marauders have chased farmers Continues on Page 45 By Bose Adelaja, Bartholomew Madukwe & Frederick Okopie Will arrest of people for dumping refuse solve wast aste problem in Lagos? (1) The Lagos State Government is in order because cart pushers are law breakers. They are not registered operators. They are just disorganising everywhere. Those cart pushers, after collecting refuse discharge it on the road and go away. Their arrest is in order and they should be prosecuted. Mr. Kiki Emmanuel, Politician Arrest is not meant to kill anybody. It is just a corrective measure. Once a new law is in place, people hardly abide by it. The danger of dumping refuse on the road is flooding. The Lagos State Government wants people to do it right and keep the state clean. Mr. Ayodeji Adebayo, Worker Ibelieve it is very right for the state government to have taken such decision. The state looks very dirty. With this, everywhere will soon become neat. Lagos State Government wants a better life for Lagosians. Mr. Olanrewaju Mohammed, Agriculturist This is very good, it is on point. Lagos State Government has been trying to intervene on the issue of refuse in the state. A dirty environment could endanger residents’ lives if nothing is done as soon as possible. There are 30,000 dustbins dropped at Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area. It is barbaric to dump refuse on roads. Mr. Michael Ojomo, Councillor The arrest of those who dump refuse on Lagos roads is good. Most of them dump the refuse on the roads because they do not have where to empty it. This will serve as warning to others. The major purpose is to make Lagos clean again. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Mr Abimbola Oluwasegun, Council Leader I would not want to agree that it is only truck pushers that dump refuse on the roads in Lagos. Most Lagosians do that as well. Waste Care Solutions Limited is a company tasked with the responsibility of cleaning the roads and major highways, which they do using mechanised sweeping trucks, under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative. Ms. Precious Amaechi, Entrepreneur