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Exclusive: Why IPMAN is allowed to sale petrol N230 per liter in Zamfara

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Barr. Abdul Rasheed Haruna, Chairman committee on distribution, monitoring and sales of Petroleum in Zamfara state, give insight on why Independent Petroleum Marketters are allowed to sell the product at not more than N230 per liter in this Interview with Grassrootsafrica.

There are different prices of petroleum at independent Marketters even though the State government has establishment your monitoring committee which you are the chairman.  Why?

We have tackle the problem of hardships cause by Petroleum scarcity in Zamfara state because we have met with the members of Independent Petroleum Marketters Association of Nigeria IPMAN who are the major owners of these filling stations and discussed about these problems with a view to proper solutions and how best to address the issues.

During the meeting, the Independent Marketters told us that they cannot sell the petroleum product at the official government rate of N165 per liter because they have no means of getting the fuel at the official rate not to talk of selling it at that price.

Government now directed during the meeting that no matter what it takes, these marketters should not sell petrol above N230.

Government again said ok, with these arrangements we are going to create a task Force to ensure the monitoring of all the agreement we have reached, that is how we arrive at the current rate of petroleum in Zamfara, why and how this committee comes into existence.

Meanwhile all the major marketters are selling fuel at the official government rate, this is why you can see petrol everywhere.

What is the relationship between your committees and the marketters?

We maintain cordial relationship and I understanding, for example the IPMAN Chairman confirmed to me that the fuel they purchased Tuesday has an encreament of N9 per liter but they instructed their members not add anything else, not a single Kobo beside the additional N9 on each liter.

This shows that the members of IPMAN are complying with the arrangements of government and are trying to ensure that people are not flung into more predicaments. If we say no there might not be petrol in the state because the major marketters cannot be able to provide adequately, the demand of the vehicle owners.

But sometimes back, fuel was sold  in Zamfara state at the rate of N270 to N280 before the establishment of the task force on Monitoring, distribution and selling of Petroleum products in Zamfara state by the state government. 

There were times when the pump price N270 from major Marketters as the fuel was not even there, so after our meeting with the independent marketters who have already stopped supplying fuel to the state and base on the understanding that surfaced from the meeting, they decided to continue with the supply.

That is why we have different pump price of fuel, sometimes it’ll go up, sometimes it’ll come down. I bought fuel at N200 today, which is a good development

What are your committees challenges?

The challenges that we are facing as task force on Monitoring, distribution and sales of Petroleum products in Zamfara is, you know we are collecting all manifest of petrol sent to Zamfara,  I call the Chairman of IPMAN few hours ago to enquire about the quantity of fuel sent to the state, I realized that the shortage of the product in the state is drastically reducing.

I understand from the manifest that even our Mega stations did not get the product Tuesday which is why the problem minimally persist.

The IPMAN chairman explained that even the small shortage we experienced in the state is not cause by the marketters, he told me that it was only one of the deport in Lagos that supply fuel worked last Tuesday, even the Warri deport did not supply fuel Tuesday.

So it is because of the epileptic function of the various deport supplying fuel to the nation that is the cause of problems of fuel in Zamfara.

The good news is that we understand that there are ships on shore with the product coming into Nigeria which arrival we hope will subside the shortage.

What did the marketters explained to convince the government that they are buying petrol at the exobitant rate?

They said each liter cost about N175 naira without the transportation cost, so if they sale it at government rate, the money they spent is not recoup, with this realization they decided to fold their arms and stop supplying until the issues from the various deport are addressed, that was when rate skyrocket, we investigated and found that the fuel was sold N270 to N280 Naira per liter in states like Kaduna and Sokoto, so we said it should not exceed N230 here in Zamfara.

What is your advice to the people of the State and the country in general?

My advise to the people of the state is to be patient because our Committee is up and doing with a view to address hardship experience by the shortage of fuel, we are trying to make sure that it does not escalate.

I am calling on the vast populace to think positively and pray for government because the government is doing everything possible to alleviate their sufferings.

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ACF hails Gov. Yusuf 50% slash down of school fees, says the move is exemplary

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The Arewa Consultative Forum( ACF) has hail the 50% reduction of school fees for indigent students by the incumbent Governor, of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf as exemplary and worthy to emulate by other governor’s.

Gov. Yusuf has recently cut down 50% reduction in the registration fee for the 2023/2024 academic session for all Kano State indigenes studying regular courses at the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta and other state owned tertiary institutions accross the state to cushion  the worsening economic situation people have been going through. 

While reacting to the governor’s initiative, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Goni Farouk Umar  described the decision as both revolutionary and a hallmark of visionary leadership. 

He noted with delight the Kano State government’s resolve to restore its foreign scholarship programme designed to sponsor 1001 best graduates which demonstrates the government compassion that resulted in the payment of N700million registration fees for 700 Kano State students at the Bayero University Kano. 

The ACF leader noted that both the slashing of the fees in state owned institutions, and the off-setting of the BUK fees would go along way to ease the burden on parents and the students occasioned by the current economic hardship. 

Dr  Umar who describe education as power, and pivot in society’s advancement, prayed for the successful implementation of the government’s pro-poor education policies.

 He also appealed to all sections of the community to support educational development in all facets. 

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Nigeria’s President Tinubu say’s country’s pilgrim who return $80,000 to owner in Saudi is a pride of all.

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President of Nigeria, Mr  Ahmed Bola Tinubu will honour Zamfara pilgrim Hajiya A’ishatu ‘Yan Guru Nahuce who found $80,000 in Saudi Arabia during the last Hajj exercise and return the money to it’s rightful owner. Chairman Zamfara State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Musa Mallaha has revealed.

Mallaha disclosed that the president is overwhelmed by the act of honesty exhibited by the female pilgrim hence he directed the National Hajj Commission to organize a national press conference to interview the woman for record keeping while in Saudi.

When the directives was given by the president according to Mallaha, the woman was already airlifted back to Nigeria adding that arrangements are in top gear to ensure the presidential directives is implemented as soon as possible.

Mr. Mallaha who revealed that president Tinubu expressed delight and pointed out that Hajiya Nahuce has brought respect and honour to her country Nigeria said the commission’s preparation towards the national press conference in Nigeria now will include the State governor, Dauda Lawan keying into the activities.

Mallaha further said that her honesty is a pride to all Muslims accross the globe.

The woman during the last excise stumbled into the money while performing Tawaff at the Ka’abah, she said that she kick the bag of the money to a distance for fear of been trample upon if she bow down to pick it up because of the large crowd. An Arab Pilgrim who saw her action pick the bag and gave it to her thinking that it was hers.

Mrs. Nahuce who was sponsored to Hajj by her son’s revealed that it was her first trip to the holy land.

She further revealed in an interview that, she took the money to the officials of her local government Hajj commission and handed it over. The officials met Saudi Authorities and within few days the owner was found and the money was returned to him.

She commented that she was not aware of the magnitude of her action until she was back home to Nigeria where she understands that the news went viral before her arrival

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Nigerian Army neutralize 7 bandits, comb bush for others in Zamfara

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Nigerian Army neutralized seven Armed Bandits while several others flee with gunshots wounds in the late hours of Monday. 

The bandits in large number according to reliable source attempted to infiltrate and attack the troops at Kango Sabuwa. The gallant troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Wanke were steps ahead of them.

This was achieved by the troops in an ambush operation along the route suspected to be used by the Bandits.

The troops Shortly after the encounter proceeds in pursuit of other fleeing wounded bandits, recovered 1 Machine Gun, ammunition and 6 Motorcycles from the armed bandits.

The Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Godwin Mutkut commends the troops for their bravery and resilience in dealing with the Armed Bandits.

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