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Subsidy Removal: Queues Return to Filling Stations in Abuja

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Following the announcement of fuel subsidy removal by President Bola Tinubu in his inaugural speech on Monday, queues have returned to filling stations in Abuja.

A correspondent, who monitored the petrol supply situation in Maitama, Wuse, Gwarimpa, Wuye and Kubwa areas of Abuja, reports that there are long queues in filling stations and some are closed.

Some of the filling stations are selling at the approved pump price while some have increased the prices by Monday evening.

Some residents of the capital city complained that the scarcity would affect the economy, as most businesses would be negatively affected.

A civil servant, Mr Brown Uzor, said he has been in the filling station since 7 a.

m., and has not been able to get fuel.

“We know it’s not the government’s making but the government should work on the roadmap to avoid any further problem.

“However, we saw this coming, I believe it’s just panic buying and the filling stations are taking advantage of the president’s speech.

“I personally want the subsidy to be removed because as a nation we need to grow but the fuel price should not be too high because of the ordinary Nigerian,” Uzor said.

The President, in his inaugural speech, said that the fuel subsidy regime had ended with the commencement of his administration.

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) are addressing the concerns regarding the removal of fuel subsidy.

The agency stated that it was working to avoid disruptions in the supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, and ensure that consumers are not short-changed in any form.

The agency has assured that it would ensure steady supply of the commodity to meet demand, and had taken necessary steps to ensure that the distribution channels remained uninterrupted and fuel readily available at all filling stations nationwide. (NAN)

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Olomojobi’s Appointment as Ekiti Head of Service Well-deserved – Medical Women

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Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Ekiti chapter, has congratulated Dr Folakemi Olomojobi on her appointment as the new Head of Service in the state.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued by the MWAN President and Secretary, Drs Esther Akinsoto Bola Ibirongbe respectively, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Ado-Ekiti on Monday.


The association described Olomojobi’s appointment as well-deserved, having served in various capacities within the state civil service.

It also described the appointment as a testament to Olomojobi’s exceptional dedication, vast expertise, industry, hard work and exemplary leadership.
The association said that the unwavering commitment and contributions of the new head of service to Ekiti people, particularly in the health sector, had earned her the appointment.

“We use this opportunity to say that we identify with you as our pioneer President in MWAN, Ekiti.
“We are confident that your professionalism will continue to drive positive change and inspire excellence in Ekiti State civil service.
“Your remarkable journey and contributions, particularly in the field of health management, demonstrate your unwavering commitment to public service.
“We urge you to see this appointment as a call to service by using your position to mentor young women and girls, inspiring them to strive for excellence in their careers,” the association said.
It expressed gratitude to Gov. Biodun Oyebanji for being gender-friendly, stressing that the appointment was a testament to his administration’s commitment to gender equality and women inclusion. (NAN)

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Political Party Primaries for Kwara Councils’ Elections Begin June 24

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The Kwara Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC), says political party primaries for the state’s local government elections will be held from June 24 to 30.

The Chairman of the electoral body, Muhammed Okanla disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Ilorin.

Okanla said that the conduct of elections for the offices of chairmen and councillors across the 16 local government areas of the state would take place on Sept.

21.

He said that based on the elections timetable, a meeting or interface with the leadership of all the registered political parties would be held on June 21.

He added that political parties were expected to obtain and return nomination forms KWSIEC 01 and KWSIEC 02 for the chairmanship and councillorship elections from July 1 to July 5.

The chairman also said that the verification of candidates’ credentials would be held from July 8 to July 19.

He said that the display of names of candidates nominated by political parties would be posted on the KWSIEC notice board from July 22 to July 26.

He also said that the training of ad-hoc staff for the elections in all the three Senatorial Districts would be held between July 27 and July 31.

Okanla said that the political parties have up to Aug. 5 to withdraw a candidate if need be, while Aug. 6 would be the last day for the publication of the list of nominated candidates.

According to him, political parties’ campaigns will commence on Aug. 19 and end at midnight of on Sept. 19.

“Elections for chairmanship and councillorship positions will be conducted on Sept. 21, while Certificate of Returns will be issued on Sept. 23,” he said. (NAN)

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Sallah: Nigerians Decry High cost of foodstuff

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Some Nigerians living in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed worry over continuous increase in prices of foodstuffs and other commodities this Eid-el Kabir festive season.

A visit to some markets in the Abuja and its environs showed that the prices of good have continued to rise.

Some respondent told newsmen at Dutse Market, in Bwari Area Council that meeting their family needs was becoming increasingly difficult amidst lean resources.

Mallam Yahaya, a vegetable seller told newsmen: “I am just trying to find happiness in my business since I don’t want to be idle. Making gain in this business is now a herculean task.

“I am selling perishable goods and I cannot keep them for too long because I want to make a lot of gains.

If I don’t sell them I lose everything. They are not like other goods in the market’’, he said.

Mrs Hajiya Hassana, another petty trader said that the prices of foodstuffs were now determined by what wholesalers sell to retailers.

“I know that some buyers may blame because they don’t know how we get these goods from the wholesalers; the challenge of transporting the goods to the market.

“It has not been like this before, things just changed automatically since the removal of fuel subsidy.

“For instance, how will I buy a mudu of beans at N3, 000 and sell it at a lesser price, it is not impossible. I would rather stay at home than to come to the market and sell with no profit.

“It’s so unfortunate that it’s the final consumers who are affected most because it is not easy for some Nigerians household now in the country,” she told NAN.

Hassana, nevertheless, said she was trying her best to satisfy her customers as well as ensuring that she makes some gains.

Similarly, Mr Mohammed Rabiu, a buyer said it was unfortunate that he could not afford what the feeding needs of his family due to high price of food items.

Rabiu, therefore, pleaded to government intervention in the situation by using relevant instruments and institutions to bring down the cost goods.

“A lot of people are ceasing the economic situation to dupe others and blame it on fuel subsidy removal.

“I witnessed how somebody will keep what she bought previously at certain amount but refused to sell those items.

“She kept them to watch when the prices will go higher so at to double the price and make make higher gain.

“Let government monitor the market with a view to controlling the prices of goods. This will help a lot in curtailing the rising cost of things’’ he said.

Similarly, Mrs Amina Bawa, another buyer, when asked how she was coping with the economy, she said: “When I hear prices of foodstuffs, I feel like committing suicide. But I can’t because it is not a good thing to do.

“I can’t remember the last time I ate to my satisfaction, I only eat to survive, ” she said.

Another respondent, Mr Idris Bello, urged government agencies to see the need for regulatory system in the country to avoid the unnecessary hike in, not only food items but all goods and services. (NAN)

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