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Saturday, January 7, 2012

GEJ Presidential Palace Subsidy must end. Nigerian Bloggers Protest

I am currently convalescing from massive drainage of savings consummated by men and women in white coats who give orders to mostly, females in white dresses to stick or plunge into one's body certain substances that are designed to guarantee 100% body functionality. You still have not gotten it???????????? Then you know how some people who attend a certain church feel. OK, i am "strong" as the evangelicals would say, so i have been advised to go easy on the thought process and  be on bed rest since hence my seemingly late posting on this trending topic in Nigeria.

Anyways, thats beside the point! I am posting this article by a good friend( thank you, Kehinde Okelade) as my own contribution to the Nigerian Bloggers Protest Week. It was culled from( you guess right) Facebook and the only reason i am posting it is that it sufficiently and succinctly puts my thoughts on this fuel subsidy palaver on the table. See below table for part of the 2012 Nigerian budget and we can not afford subsidy?/ I know i have promised not to say anything about Jo-lantern but this goes beyond one man as this is Nigeria, our country and we do not want a Nigerian spring or harmattan or whateveryoumaycallit....
39 million dollars for the President's office only? What the Eff? No wonder everybody including me wants to be the President of Nigeria.. I wonder how much for printing of SECURITY DOCUMENTS, if non security documentation will amount to almost a $1million. What is the difference between this non secured docs and stationeries(sic, not mine) $2million for stationery????????? Furniture maintenance, $356,0000??? How?

REMOVAL OF FUEL SUBSIDY – A TALE OF LIES The essence of deregulation in any economy is to raise level of competitiveness, higher productivity, more efficiency and lower prices overall. Let me put this clearly that Nigerians are not against deregulation, we all want a better Nigeria. Mr. President seems to have forgotten that Nigerians voted for him so that he can put right the obvious misnomer in the economy. The challenges facing the country goes beyond fuel subsidy. 
The greatest of our challenges is'POWER'. If there is going to be any deregulation in the land, it should be in thePOWER Sector. The economy is in comatose because there is no POWER, manufacturers are moving to neighbouring countries, thereby makingPOLITICS the only sustainable business in the land. Mr. President and his Ministers should cover their faces in shame for telling Nigerians that a certain group of people are untouchable. During his Presidential campaign, why did he not disclose that he was going to remove fuel subsidy and see if Nigerians would vote for him? Mr. President wants Nigerians to pay the subsidy whilst he and the 'cabal' would continue to milk the nation. Mr. President failed to disclose to Nigerians, the actual daily consumption need in litres, the amount of subsidy per litre and what they have put in place to cushion the effect of the so-called removal, if there was any subsidy in the first place. 
Is it after the removal that Jonathan will give NigeriansPOWER or improve the infrastructure? Why put the cart before the horse? Nigerians voted for Jonathan so that he can put smiles on our faces and not the other way round. The very first day of the year 2012, when the whole world is rejoicing, Jonathan felt that was the right time to sadden Nigerians. What is the role of the NNPC? We have four Refineries, namely: 1. Kaduna with capacity to refine 110,000 barrels per day; 2. Port Harcourt/Onne with capacity to refine 210,000 per day and 3. Warri with capacity to refine 125,000 per day. Are these refineries working or currently shut down? Going by the statistics provided by CBN that our daily consumption is between 30-33million litres per day, the three refineries which have a combined capacity of 445,000 barrels per day can effectively serve our purpose. A barrel of oil contains 159 litres and when multiplied, it would give us 70,755,000 litres which is about double of our daily consumption. Thus, if our refineries are working at full capacity, we would have double our daily consumption. 
However, according to Philip Chukwu, Group Executive Director in charge of refining when he told Business Day reporter in March, 2011 at an African Refiners Association conference in Cape Town that “our refineries are working at 30% but would go to 60% at the end of the year 2011”. During a Senate ad hoc Committee hearing on the 13th of December, 2011, Mr. Austin Oniwon (GMD, NNPC) told the Senate that NNPC imports fuel from Cote d’Ivoire, Holland and Germany. According to him, out of the 445,000 barrels of crude oil allocated to NNPC daily, the Corporation could only refine 170,000 bpd at Port Harcourt and Warri Refineries, while 60,000 bpd is sent to SIR Company in Cote d’Ivoire, which has installed capacity of 80,000bdp.He further informed the lawmakers that another 90,000 bpd is swapped for refining by Duke Refinery, an overseas’ subsidiary that is wholly owned by the NNPC and another 60, 000 bpd is refined at the United Kingdom-based refinery, Travigora Refinery but he could not account for the balance of 65,000bpd. The Executive Secretary of PPPRA, Mr. Reginald Elijah said that government pays N75 as subsidy per litre of fuel imported from Cote d’Ivoire and Holland. The landing cost is put at N140 per litre as against locally refined products at N128.13 per litre. 
The questions to be raised, going by the revelation at the Senate, are as follows: 1. What is the role/responsibility of NNPC? 2. Is NNPC in the business of importing petrol or refining crude? 3. What is the true status of the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries, bearing in mind that the Kaduna refinery was a blunder on the part of the government? 4. Can NNPC provide statistic data of the fuel required for our local consumption? 5. Does NNPC truly refine 170,000 crude bpd, which translates to about 27 million litres, from the Port Harcourt and Warri Refineries? 6. If so, what then is the shortfall of the consumption needed to be imported by the independent marketers? (From the analysis above, it should be between 3 and 6 million litres, if there will ever be any need? 7. What is the cost implication of refining this 170,000 bpd locally? 8. What is the cost implication of refining our crude in Cote d’Ivoire, Netherlands and United Kingdom? 9. Does the government pay subsidy on the 170,000 crude refined locally? 10. Does the government pay subsidy on the crude refined by NNPC overseas? 11. Why has NNPC chosen to refine our crude in Cote d’Ivoire, Holland and United Kingdom? 12. If NNPC refines 380,000 bdp which is about 60million litres, why then are we still importing this same product? 13. What then is the point for subsidy? Assuming without conceding to the fact that our refineries are grounded, NNPC is incapacitated and the nation must import fuel, using the independent marketers, what then is our best option? 
Below is the list of cheapest petrol price and the production capacity going by World Bank Data: 1. Venezuela - A litre of petrol is sold for $0.01, which in Naira is N1.55k with a daily capacity to refine 2,987,200 barrels per day. 2. Saudi Arabia - A litre of petrol is sold for $0.07, which in Naira is N10.85k with a daily capacity to refine 2,900,000 barrels per day. 3. Libya - A litre of petrol is sold for $0.13, which in Naira is N20.15k with a daily capacity to refine 360,000 barrels per day. 4. Qatar - A litre of petrol is sold for $0.19, which in Naira is N29.45k with a daily capacity to refine 543,000 barrels per day. 5. Algeria - A litre of petrol is sold for $0.19, which in Naira is N29.45k with a daily capacity to refine 498,000 barrels per day. 6. Turkmenistan - A litre of petrol is sold for $0.20, which in Naira is N31.00k with a daily capacity to refine 236,000 barrels per day. 7. Kuwait - A litre of petrol is sold for $0.21, which in Naira is N32.55k with a daily capacity to refine 940,000 barrels per day. 8. Egypt - A litre of petrol is sold for $0.32, which in Naira is N49.60k with a daily capacity to refine 732,550 barrels per day. 9. Oman - A litre of petrol is sold for $0.38, which in Naira is N58.90k with a daily capacity to refine 401,000 barrels per day. 
Going by the above data, if Nigeria must import petrol, the nation ought to enter bi-lateral agreement with any of the above countries thereby avoiding the pain of refining this product. If the nation pays subsidy of N75 per litre on petrol and same product is sold for less than N70 in the countries listed above, it would be prudent to buy this product directly from these countries. Better still, Nigeria can enter bi-lateral agreement with any of these countries to refine its product at a reduced price with a total landing cost of N70 or in the alternative, we continue with importation whilst we enter Joint Venture Agreement with Shell, Chevron, Total and Exxon Mobil to take control of our existing refineries with a view to turning around same. If government has decided to stop looting and sharing Nigerians moneys they have been looting and sharing, why should it pass the ones that had been looted and shared to the generality of the masses, who did not partake in the looting and sharing, to recover same? 
The above suggestions are the only palliatives to the sufferings of Nigerians as regards the removal of subsidy, which was never there in the first place. It is very shameful of the Minister of Commerce, Olusegun Aganga to categorically say on air that the Federal Government is bringing into the country 1,600 mass transit buses when according to the President of TUC, Tony Esele, it is the TUC that is contracting these buses with a facility to pay over a period of five years, which had been on a very long time ago before it became a success recently. When last did the government oversee transport sector that it now suddenly wants to venture into transport? How many government transport business are still in existence, Nigerian Railway, Nigerian Airways etc, all grounded. 

The other day at the Townhall meeting, the coordinating Minister for the economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Mrs) likened the expectations on the “so-called fuel subsidy removal” to the Telecommunications Sector and Airline saying people now but tickets at the airport to fly to their various destinations. I wonder if, as Nigerians or government or people in government, these people are not ashamed of the fact that it cannot run anything successfully and either grind it or sell it to foreigners, why then are they in government? Can 1,600 mass buses solve the problem on ground? Presently, Lagos State government owned LAGBUS has over 2,000 mass transit buses, which are even far below the demand in Lagos, not to now talk of the 36 States of the Federation including Abuja. 
Again, what exactly has government provided for its people in this entity called “Nigeria”? Nigerians provide water for themselves by erecting boreholes in their various houses; generate power on their own through the use of generating sets, which are also powered by the same fuel government has unilaterally and astronomically increased the price without considering the plight and the dastard effect on an ordinary Nigerian, who, according to one of them, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, lives below $2 a day. (If he/she lives below $2 a day, which is equivalent to N310.00, using N155 per dollar, can N310.00 feed him in a day, not to now talk of opportunity to do any other thing within the confines of the N310.00? 
Nigerians provide education for their children by paying so much to private schools to give them quality education in the wake of decline in public schools at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels while the roads are extremely unmotorable and one actually wonders what the functions of government really are. Besides all of these, it has become crystal clear that Jonathan’s administration is a military government in civilian dress if Minister of Labour, who is expected to protect the interest of Nigerian workers all over, would come on a national television like Channels Television and said “it is government’s policy and MUST be accepted by people and that government is not expected to listen or dialogue with the citizens” forgetting that it is the people that voted them in. It is thus obvious that the Jonathan government is not telling the truth and as such, is a failed government, which has refused to admit that it has failed Nigerians. This government spent so much money during the last election and is hell bent on passing the burden to Nigerians. We must probe NNPC and the Federal government.

What You can do
 For a week starting from today, all Nigerian bloggers and other interested parties are enjoined to:

1. Do a similar post of your own on your blog using the title "GEJ Presidential Palace Subsidy Must End: Nigerian Bloggers' Protest"
2. Add the pic/tabled diagram in this post
3. Publish your post as soon as possible
4. Please allow for seven days on your blog or place in a prime position on your blog for seven days.
5. You can still play your part as a non-blogger: share on facebook, twitter and other relevant social media. 
6. Journalists, use your media space.
7. If you've done a post or published elsewhere online, please leave a link atNaijalines. Thanks.

Protest initiated by 9jaFoodieNaijalines.

that's all, folks. i rest my case, time for my meds.


  1. The questions you ask are the same ones I have for GEJ and for Nigeria. Thank you so much for joining the Nigerian bloggers protest. Our shared will to speak up about mismanagement of government funds and the plight of Nigerians - would not be in vain. Our leaders must be made accountable for the governance of our country. We must demand leadership by example and good governance from our leaders.

    Is this topic really trending on Twitter? Wow! Please drop a link on my blog if you have one. So I can follow up. Thanks.

  2. And please get well soon. I applaud and respect you and your patriotic spirit - that you were still able to be a part of this campaign while being ill. My five yr old daughter is also recovering from an operation, so it's been difficult co-ordinating the campaign.

    We will live to see a better Nigeria, Da Injurer. Long Live Nigeria!

  3. @Tamie: Thanks, i am much better now thanks to God.

    @Naijalines: I am better now, thank you. I used the word trending as "fuel subsidy" is the topical issue in Nigeria today, i am not really a tweeter so i would not know if its trending on twitter but i suspect it should be by now.....

    I love Nigeria....

  4. Thanks for joining the protest, you have posed very valid points. I am not sure if Nigerians are complacent or Our leaders just assume we are all idiots.

  5. 1st off, a million kisses & hugs are being sent ur way for quick recovery & pls go easy on d brain activity. We need u around for much longer *muah

    You know wat? It is not dia fault sef. It's cos Nigerians used to have dis supposed-to-be-good-bt-irritating habit of adapting to situations. Thankfully, we are no longer turning d oda cheek o. We are tired. We aint taking bullcrap from these pple anymore. Wat makes me soo effing mad is d idea dat we'll just roll over & continue taking crap. Soooo many billions already gone down d drain for several power projects and we got nothing to show for it, not even 1 week uninterrupted power supply and all of a sudden, this subsidy removal shuld 'save' Nigeria from ruin cos of "developmental projects" dat we dnt knw sh*t about? & d citizens are supposed to suffer cos our freaking stupido govt is incompetent? & our dear president expects us to trust his vague promises?! R des pple kidding?!

  6. Toin, How you de? Forget the seemingly causal greeting, i have wondered where you have been... Good to know you are still with us! Happy Subsidizied Year! If i wasnt taken in my mind, i for worry where u go SINCE? Lol!

    This your comment na mew post o! You de para like Ibadan people!Laffing My Fuel Off!

  7. Did u even get my reply? i posted it on my Dear Santa post cos blogger was dealing with me


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