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Pump Price Of Petrol To Crash Soon – Presidency

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Pump Price Of Petrol To Crash Soon, Says Buhari’s Aide

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang, has assured Nigerians that the presiden­cy had taken drastic steps to crash the prices of petroleum products.

He made this known at the weekend while speaking with newsmen at the Correspon­dents’ Arena in Uyo. the Akwa Ibom state capital.

Enang said the Federal Gov­ernment has concluded plans to host a National Conference on Arti­sanal and Modular Refining to integrate local refiners into the mainstream refining in Nigeria.

He added that the government has agreed to partner with those in the creek on how to legalise their businesses towards refin­ing with the country’s capacities.

Enang explained the National Conference slated for March 15 to17, 2021 is in re­sponse to the amnesty extend­ed to the Federal Government by the former illegal refiners.

He said: “We need to agree with those in the creek on how to legalise their business because of the danger the current practice is posing to the environment and the economy of the country.

“Therefore, the Federal Government will on March 15th- 17th hold a National Con­ference on Artisanal and Mod­ular Refining to integrate local refiners into the mainstream refining in Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) has rejected calls for “blanket amnesty” to be given to bandits, stressing that it will encourage other criminal groups to take up arms.

Recall that renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Ahmad Gumi, who had been visiting bandits in the various forest had called on the federal government to give amnesty to bandits just like it was given to Niger Delta militants.

But speaking when he featuring on a Channels Television Programme on Sunday, Senator Ndume warned that another form of criminality may emerge if “blanket amnesty” is offered to bandits.

The lawmaker stressed that such new armed groups would hope that the government will also negotiate with them.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.