Fuel Subsidy Removal: GROUP CALLS FOR PROBE OF AKSG OVER AMAKPE REFINERY

17 Jan

Akpabio sabotaged Amakpe Refinery in Eket

Following the Federal Government‘s Policy on deregulation which led to the controversial removal of subsidy on petroleum products, groups and individuals have called for probe of the Akwa Ibom State Government on their alleged sabotage of the Amakpe Refinery Project, Eket

Speaking during a press conference organized by a group known as Concerned Unemployed Graduates, Eket chapter, the coordinator, while advising the Federal Government to rescind its earlier decision on the fuel subsidy for the interest of the Nigeria Masses also called for a High Powered Panel of Enquiry into the lingering crisis which has led to the delay in commencement of operation in the Amakpe Refinery, Eket.

Noting that the commencement of operations in the said Refinery would have helped cushion the harsh effects of the fuel subsidy removal as well reduced the level of unemployment in the State. CUG alleged that the current crisis in the indigenous company was caused by a cabal of oil subsidy beneficiaries in collaboration with the Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency, Chief (Dr) Godswill Akpabio.

“Our attention has been drawn to the public outcry due to the harsh effects of the subsidy removal on petrol by the Federal Government of Nigeria led by our son, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR. We have also noted with keen interest the future benefits the said removal might bring to the people of Nigeria through the deregulation of the Petroleum sub-sector.

“While we would have loved to support the said policy, we are constrained by the negative effects it has caused the poor masses of Nigeria, hence, we wish to advise the Federal Government of Nigeria to, as a matter of urgency, rescind its earlier removal of the fuel subsidy for the interest of the Nigerian people until the necessary measures to cushion a possible future removal effects, are put in place.

“…we also wish to call on the Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan – led administration to set up a high-powered panel of inquiry into the unacceptable delay in the commencement of operations in the AMAKPE Refinery, Eket, owned by indigenes of Akwa Ibom State.

“it is our belief that the said delay is being caused by the cabal of fuel Subsidy beneficiaries in collaboration with the Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency, Chief (Dr) Godwill Akpabio, CON.

“… our position is on the premise that the commencement of operation in Amakpe Refinery would, apart from providing fuel for use by the Nigerian citizens, have also helped in providing job opportunities for the unemployed youths in the State”, the group concludes.

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