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Nigerian Transport Companies Protest Gas Prices
Despite a 5 percent reduction, prices have not come down
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2009-01-29 13:45 (KST)   
Though the Nigerian government last week reduced the price of petroleum by 5 percent and forced petroleum marketers across the nation to make the change with immediate effect, problems remain.

The Nigerian people regard the sudden reduction as a welcome development, but this OhmyNews correspondent, reporting from the ancient city of Kano, found that petroleum sellers have not as yet complied with the Nigerian government directive.

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Most of the petrol stations are still selling liters of petroleum at the same prices before the government decision.

In fact, the opposite effect seems to be in play. As a result of the reduction on the price of petroleum, the prices of both gas and engine oil have increased, leading to a great disadvantage to industrialists and transportation companies in the country.

The Nigerian National Road Transporters Workers (NARTO), Kano state branch, held an emergency meeting on Jan. 28, to discuss this complicated issue.

The President of NARTO, Kassim Bataiyya, complained bitterly to the Nigerian government about the situation.

"There is no point of reducing the price of petroleum and at the same time increasing the prices of gas and engine oil. This will indeed not solve the economic predicament that is facing common Nigerians, but will only increase their burden, since manufacturers and transporters will now target the common people to redeem where the government hit them," he said.

Bataiyya told journalists that the national body of NARTO will hold an emergency meeting at its national headquarters in Abuja on Jan. 29 to further discussions and find a lasting solution to the crisis.

The Nigerian Petroleum Price Regulation (PPR) has since the beginning of this week commenced monitoring and closing petrol stations across the nation which failed to comply with the Nigerian government order on the reduction of petroleum prices.
©2009 OhmyNews
Other articles by reporter Bala Muhammad Makosa

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