Fuel Subsidy Zero Hour: Jonathan Confers With Civil Society Activists; Meeting With Political Party Leaders Fails

Minister of information, Labaran Maku
Fuel subsidy chieftains
By Saharareporters, New York

President Goodluck Jonathan is tonight at the presidential villa in Abuja holding a contentious meeting with activists from around Nigeria.

The meeting, which was still going on of at the time of filing this report, followed another Mr. Jonathan held with leaders of political parties.  That meeting, SaharaReporters gathered, stubbornly refused to endorse Mr. Jonathan's planned removal of fuel subsidies.

Presidency sources said the party leaders insisted that that the Jonathan government should first explain to Nigeria how budget allocations to fuel subsidies were spent. 

The only exception to those objections, our sources said, was the APGA chairman, Mr. Victor Umeh, who reportedly stood up and shouted at the top of his voice that Jonathan should ignore growing opposition to the plan to remove subsidies.  He told Jonathan he “owns” the country and should do what he likes with fuel subsidies.

Tonight’s meeting with civil society leaders and activists included such prominent figures as Barrister Femi Falana, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), Innocent Chukwuma, Festus Okoye, Emma Izeazu, and Ankio Briggs.

The meeting was arranged by Jonathan's Special Adviser on Research and Policy, Mr. Oronto Douglas.

Jonathan has announced he will withdraw the subsidies next month.  Nigerians across all ages are vehemently opposed to the idea, especially following last week’s revelation by a Senate committee that trillions of Naira has been swindled through political patronage.
 

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End of Fuel Subsidy

I concur with your comments. Also I would like to know how much of the tax increase on fuel will be thrown back into the infrastructure. How many jobs will be created: refinieries, road work, healthcare, pottable drinking water etc...and when can Nigerians expect to see such changes take place? I would think immediately. Otherwise my opinion is the increase is to only fatten the pockets of the politicians.

I believe Nigeria is a mega hot spot for tourism. Why not use the money to bring its underdeveloped locals up to the 21st century and bring in investors and spruce up the economy so its not all on nigerian government? It will help create jobs. Im not a politician, I just happen to love Nigeria. Steeped deep in culture and traditions. I see democracy coming soon as the people unite. Just my two cents worth...Be well Nigeria...change is on its way and hopefully for the better.

@@Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever Re: I agree with you BUT... (2)

@Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever
U said "Even if you @Tundemash.,were the president today and you intend to change the mess that you met,i.e build new refineries,rehabilitate roads,railways,build more power plants,distribution and transmission lines,etc Where will u get the FUNDS from?"

With all these you listed with which without the removal of oil-subsidy, it wont be done, can u tell us on what does the money for the sale of crude oil spent presently? How about reducing cost of governance ?
As per your claim of cost of building a refinery, there is no point on disputing that with u as u are no authority on that to give figures and u gave no data to back it up. I just want you to compare how much crude sell 10yrs ago to how much it sells now .. see the mark up and u know $3bn isn't nigeria's problem. How about the easier way Prof David West said they were doing it in his time? Shell, Chevron, Total take crude and bring back refined fuel in exchange ?

@@Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever Re: I agree with you BUT... (1)

@Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever
Atleast you make effort to put your points across without coloring with ethnic sentiment unlike the ethnic loose canon who has nothing sensible to say on this forum that pitch muslim against xtians, north against south. I would take time to address the issues you raised.

U said "I COMPLETELY agree with you that it doesnt make sense for us to export crude oil then import finished petroleum products BUT that is what has been going on in your country for over 3 decades."

Yeah it didn't start with Jo but must he continue with the rot? I thought he was voted in to do things differently from what has been done before? If you keep doing same thing that has been done in 30yrs and hoping to get a diff. result now, that does not show any tact. It is insanity ! So why blame others in the past if Jo is doing exact same thing they have done!

@ Otile.

Keep throwin' 'em combos, bro. Peace!

We have thought of it and

We have thought of it and belive the govt had a lot more in d 4 years dat passed bt cldnt do anytin tangible wit such funds, y den should we agree to extra 1.5 trillion to be wasted?

@Tundemash..,I agree with you BUT...

I COMPLETELY agree with you that it doesnt make sense for us to export crude oil then import finished petroleum products BUT that is what has been going on in your country for over 3 decades. It did not start with President Jonathan. But i dont think you got my point in my previous comment. The country is in a MESS. Even if you @Tundemash.,were the president today and you intend to change the mess that you met,i.e build new refineries,rehabilitate roads,railways,build more power plants,distribution and transmission lines,etc Where will u get the FUNDS from? There are several EMERGENCY things to be done which are all capital intensive. Do you know the cost of establishing new refineries? A 100,000 barrels per day refinery could gulp 3-4billion dollars. Nig consumes more than 500,000barrel per day of fuel. Dont be deceived by the refinery constructed in Niger,it is a mere 20,000barrel per day refinery. So my friend these are the REALITIES on ground. Digest my previous comment.

Ifeanyi-Democracy

Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever,
Don't pay attention to Mullah tundemash. He is an imposter and a quack at that. He pretends to read the inner workings of peoples' minds, hence he uses derogatory phrases like: low IQ, dumbo Jo, test your reasoning, stupid. Even trained psychologists and psychiatrists do not make claims of reading peoples' minds. Maybe a babalowo nla can make such claims but it is all banza. Advise Tundemash to visit a good marabout or ruqyah near him to exorcise the daemon tormenting him.

What Sinecure Does!

Like Maku so is Abati. Sinecure has conveniently
turned them to wind-vane.

@ Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever Re: Lets be REALISTIC,SINCERE & PATRI

@ Ifeanyi-Democracy 4ever

U asked "Ladies and Gentlemen,is this Jonathan a MAGICIAN?"

I thought most people know that already? He's not a magician and he will never be one. He's simply naive and stupid.
The N1.3trillion would not arise if you refine the crude you produce locally. Ify, let me test your reasoning level too;
If you, a poultry farmer in Enugu, sells raw eggs to Nandos eatery in lagos, would it make sense for you to import fried eggs from Nandos or any other eatery in lagos to feed your family ? And u claim you are subsidizing the high cost of you getting fried eggs in lagos just because the cooker in house is bad, u can't fix it and u don't want to buy a new one. So your kids need to pay you the full amount of your cost of getting fried eggs from lagos !!! Is that farmer stupid or briliant ? Your answer is what Dumbo Jo represents.

Koboko-Dem! My brother, Igbo

Koboko-Dem!
My brother, Igbo haters brought me to this blog. At first I used to browse the news because Sahara Reporters are excellent and current. But after seeing how Some Yorubas, Ijaw, Ogoni and a few abokis were maligning my people, I could not stand the insult any more. I did the same thing in The Punch and silenced many idiots. I am going to standby here too and give it back to them. I don't give a damn about what they say or think about me. I am a decent man, but when haters provoke me with vulgarity I will descend to their level and become a vulgar, but I will always say what is true. Religious fanatics cannot defeat me either because many of them are just repeating what their imams expect them to say. The less ignorant ones don't believe the foolish doctrines of their imams either.

WHAT I SEE. (CONT'D).

Presido GEJ,

Your excellency, I know it's hard being between a rock(us, Nigerians) and a hard place(the PDP, her donors) but, and to borrow a phrase, "do not put the cart before the horse!" Fix our refineries before any talk of fuel-subsidy removal; we, respectfully, do not want to hear anything else.

Remember, the buck stops with you.

P.S: And you know the only thing likely to move in contest between a rock and a hard place, is the hard place. A word is....

WHAT I SEE.

I don't know about anyone else but, it appears to me that our ruling class are now firmly resolved in their belief that Nigeria is no longer a viable entity and have thus decided to amass as much personal wealth from our commonwealth, and with unbridled alacrity and COMPLETE disregard for the Nigerian public, in readiness for the break-up. Otherwise, how else does one explain the record-breaking levels of profligacy, of graft, the irresponsible governance, and the odious and divisive remarks they make every now and again- such as that attributed to the APGA Chairman in the article? And if indeed true that he, Mr Umeh, did make those comments at the said meeting, he is clearly an embarrassment to the APGA and the Party should immediately initiate processes to replace him.

Or am I mistaking? Cont'd.

What Sinicure Does!

Like Maku so is Abati. Sinicure has conveniently
turned them to weather-vane.

Wahala and Otile head of the aborigines in pitakwa

The Senate also discovered a good number of the marketers did not meet the conditions for pre-qualifications to benefit from the subsidies adding that they are most times in the habit of making false claims; “leading to drain in the nation’s oil and gas industry”. According to the panel chairman, prospective marketers were required to own tank farms (petrol deports) of not less than 5000 metric tonnes, and should be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as oil companies. “Yet it was discovered that while only 11 marketers own storage facilities, the rest were “throughput” (sharing depots with filling stations) and some were registered construction companies,” he said

V. Umeh

Victor Umeh simply put has the brain equivalent to that of a python.One of those that have looted the treasury of Anambra State.May your road be rough if the statement credited to you at that meeting is true.

Iweala I advice you to resign

Iweala I advice you to resign your appointment as a Minister,this is Jankara goverment. You are on board wrong ship.This is a corrupt goverment, you are in the midst of thievs, big time looters, Magomago people, proffetional big time liers, no exception.

To all Igbos

In as much as i am a yoruba man and married to an igbo woman i see my children as igbo and as their father i am one.The fact in as much as we are clamoring against the removal of the subsidy you see where an igbo man stood up to frustrate our efforts .See what is happening with aba and anambra workers.It can never happen in Yoruba land fire citizens without notice .same igbo ...

@Nwa Igbo..,Lets be REALISTIC,SINCERE & PATRIOTIC on this Issue

@Nwa Igbo said "Jonathan should make sure the refineries are working and new ones built before talking of removing subsidy". This point has be reechoed by many. Jonathan should fix the railways,rehabilitate the roads,provide stable power,build new refineries,etc before removing subsidy. ASUU is presently on strike and part of their demand is N109billion arrears. Can Jonathan spend N1.3trillion on fuel subsidy and still have funds to meet ALL these DEMANDS? Assuming one has N1million and uses it to buy a N1million worth car,will that N1million still be available to buy other things? Can anyone spend money TWICE? Why are we REASONING like KIDS? Does Jonathan have UNLIMITED funds to do all these things? All these demands are capital intensive. South Africa recently budgeted $17billion to rehabilitate its railway. It cost $1million to generate 1megawatt of electricity. Federal Workers salary alone for 2012 is N1.7trillion. Ladies and Gentlemen,is this Jonathan a MAGICIAN?

@Nwa Igbo..,Lets be REALISTIC,SINCERE & PATRIOTIC in this Debate

@Nwa Igbo said "Jonathan should make sure the refineries are working and new ones built before talking of removing subsidy". This point has be reechoed by many. Jonathan should fix the railways,rehabilitate the roads,provide stable power,build new refineries,etc before removing subsidy. ASUU is presently on strike and part of their demand is N109billion arrears. Can Jonathan spend N1.3trillion on fuel subsidy and still have funds to meet ALL these DEMANDS? Assuming one has N1million and uses it to buy a N1million worth car,will that N1million still be available to buy other things? Can anyone spend money TWICE? Why are we REASONING like KIDS? Does Jonathan have UNLIMITED funds to do all these things? All these demands are capital intensive. South Africa recently budgeted $17billion to rehabilitate its railway. It cost $1million to generate 1megawatt of electricity. Federal Workers salary alone for 2012 is N1.7trillion. Ladies and Gentlemen,is this Jonathan a MAGICIAN?

IF YOU MUST WRITE, MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION POSITIVE

I find the contributions of a good number of writers here totally at variance and out of sorts with the issues supposedly being deliberated on. If you believe what you have will add greatly to deepening our knowledge base, please don't hold back but at least refrain from scurrying to the gutter and offending the sensiblities of others. thank you.
Owoicho Ebute.

This is Nigeria - Law of the Jungle

The extra-judiciary killing of Chief Ogbe Onokpite. We all know Nigeria politics is a do or die affair, but does that mean that the state can openly use the security forces to kill people in broad daylight, in public and mercilessly without fear or accountabilty. Nigeria is at the precipice of Rwanda / Congo. Please watch and internationalize if you want to save this nation from itself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFVjAoz_BQc

EL CLASSICO SHOULD TEACH US SOMETHING.

 This evenning Real madrid plays Barcelona at home and for once mourinho listens to advice & takes a back seat allowing the players to do the talking.

Unfortunately some forumites are so megalomaniac & bored,maybe lonely, that they have hijacked Sahara reporters & their repeated comments have nothing beneficial as they abuse each other,each other tribes & anyone that tries to correct them & rather than make beneficial comments they strive to be the issue. 

A good comment should be constructive & in all the madness i see above its clear intelligence is at a premium.

fuiel subsidy

So Mr GEJ all Nigerians doesnt want this your programe the removal of oil subsidy.Pls think twice before the action.

Wahala and the spoilers club led by sunday njokede are back

The Senate has formally named Nigerians who have stolen and benefitted from the oil subsidy, causing pains and hardship to ordinary Nigerian citizens with Oando, owned by Wale Tinubu, younger brother of former Lagos Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Sayyud Dantata MRS oil topping the list.Mike Adenuga’s CONOIL and construction companies, one of them suspected to be Julius Berger were named as the culprits. Among the names reeled out by the Senator Abe led Committee are; Oando Nigerian Plc. – N228.506 b, MRS – N224.818 billion, Enak Oil & Gas – N19.684 billion, CONOIl – N37.960 billion, Bovas & Co. Nig. Ltd. – N5.685 billion, Obat N85 billion and AP; N104.5billion.
@WAHALA AND SUNDAY NJOKEDE TELL US ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE IGBO TRADERS IN KADUNA-AND LEAVE FUEL SUBSIDY MATTER FOR MATHA!

each zone should keep what they have with tinubu

The Senate has formally named Nigerians who have stolen and benefitted from the oil subsidy, causing pains and hardship to ordinary Nigerian citizens with Oando, owned by Wale Tinubu, younger brother of former Lagos Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Sayyud Dantata MRS oil topping the list.
Mike Adenuga’s CONOIL and construction companies, one of them suspected to be Julius Berger were named as the culprits. Among the names reeled out by the Senator Abe led Committee are; Oando Nigerian Plc. – N228.506 b, MRS – N224.818 billion, Enak Oil & Gas – N19.684 billion, CONOIl – N37.960 billion, Bovas & Co. Nig. Ltd. – N5.685 billion, Obat N85 billion and AP; N104.5billion.

Wahala with his okija shrine mentality

The Senate has formally named Nigerians who have stolen and benefitted from the oil subsidy, causing pains and hardship to ordinary Nigerian citizens with Oando, owned by Wale Tinubu, younger brother of former Lagos Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Sayyud Dantata MRS oil topping the list.
Mike Adenuga’s CONOIL and construction companies, one of them suspected to be Julius Berger were named as the culprits. Among the names reeled out by the Senator Abe led Committee are; Oando Nigerian Plc. – N228.506 b, MRS – N224.818 billion, Enak Oil & Gas – N19.684 billion, CONOIl – N37.960 billion, Bovas & Co. Nig. Ltd. – N5.685 billion, Obat N85 billion and AP; N104.5billion.

POINT OF CORRECTION CHIEF UMEH

JONATHAN IS THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA. WITHOUT NIGERIA THERE CANT BE A PRESIDENT. SO Mr PRESIDENT DONT BE DECEIVED IF YOU DO ANYTHING THAT IS NOT IN THE PEOPLES INTEREST YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN Chikena.

WHY WILL A FULANI NOT BACK FUEL IMPORTATION

The Senate has formally named Nigerians who have stolen and benefitted from the oil subsidy, causing pains and hardship to ordinary Nigerian citizens with Oando, owned by Wale Tinubu, younger brother of former Lagos Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Sayyud Dantata MRS oil topping the list.
Mike Adenuga’s CONOIL and construction companies, one of them suspected to be Julius Berger were named as the culprits. Among the names reeled out by the Senator Abe led Committee are; Oando Nigerian Plc. – N228.506 b, MRS – N224.818 billion, Enak Oil & Gas – N19.684 billion, CONOIl – N37.960 billion, Bovas & Co. Nig. Ltd. – N5.685 billion, Obat N85 billion and AP; N104.5billion.

Only boko haram will back fuel importation

The Senate has formally named Nigerians who have stolen and benefitted from the oil subsidy, causing pains and hardship to ordinary Nigerian citizens with Oando, owned by Wale Tinubu, younger brother of former Lagos Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Sayyud Dantata MRS oil topping the list.
Mike Adenuga’s CONOIL and construction companies, one of them suspected to be Julius Berger were named as the culprits. Among the names reeled out by the Senator Abe led Committee are; Oando Nigerian Plc. – N228.506 b, MRS – N224.818 billion, Enak Oil & Gas – N19.684 billion, CONOIl – N37.960 billion, Bovas & Co. Nig. Ltd. – N5.685 billion, Obat N85 billion and AP; N104.5billion.

Politics!!!Hope the poor masses will still be alive after !

A little to the right, a little to the left and there is some in the centre: THAT IS THE HIDDEN AGENDA.
After all consultations and jamboree with the good, the bad and the ugly in our polity, they would peg the price at already predetermine one.

For sure the subsidy has really kept those critical to his (GEJ) performance busy.

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