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Coalition of civil Society appeals to Nigerians on fuel price increase

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As reactions continue to trail the increase in pump price of fuel from N537 to N617 per litre, a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations has called for understanding among Nigerians, saying that prices are being determined by foreign exchange fluctuations induced by international market forces.

This is as the price of fuel increased for the second time in less than two months into President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration, having removed fuel subsidy during his inaugural address on May 29, 2023.

The call was at the backdrop of Nigerians waking up to experience fuel pump price adjustment from N537 to N617 per litre on Tuesday, but reacting, the CSOs, said the cost of landing has increased due to FOREX instability.

The Civil Society Organisations, in a statement signed by the lead Convener, Dr Basil Musa and the Co-Convener, Malam Haruna Maigida explained that the subsidy regime had previously been favourable to some neighbouring African countries until its removal by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently.

They expressed the hope that the increase would ensure continual importation of fuel by the independent marketers, and ensure availability of fuel at filling stations across the country and discourage smuggling.

Part of the statement which was made available to DAILY POST on Thursday read: “The cost of pump price in other African countries was still higher.

“This has been responsible for smuggling of PMS to those countries, but the current increment to N617 per pump price would discourage smuggling.

“The removal of subsidy was reflected in the drastic reduction in the imaginary consumption of 60 million litres to 40 million per day, now.”

Some of the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations include: the Oil and Gas Transparency and Advocacy Group, Civil Society Coalition for Economic Development (CED), Centre for Citizens Rights, Centre for Good Governance Advocacy and Action against Corruption in Nigeria, among others.

According to them, measures which are being put in place to mitigate the hardship occasioned by the increment in pump price will not just be palliative, but to fully deregulate the mainstream and downstream sector so as to break the monopoly of fuel importation and ensure that Nigeria’s local refineries are optimally working.

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Police Rejects Tainted Recruitment List, Demands Transparency

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– Police discovers anomalies in recruitment list
– List contains unqualified and medically unfit candidates
– IGP demands transparent review of recruitment process

The Nigeria Police Force has rejected the Police Service Commission’s recruitment list due to alleged irregularities and corruption.

The list contained names of unqualified and medically unfit candidates who did not apply or failed the recruitment exercise.

Furthermore, the police spokesman, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed that the list included individuals who were disqualified due to financial dealings and corrupt practices.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, has written to the Chairman of the Police Service Commission objecting to the list.

Consequently, the police have dissociated themselves from the published list and called for a transparent review of the recruitment process.

“The same people who recruited anyhow for the police today will turn round to accuse the police tomorrow of inefficiency when their recruits start messing up,” Adejobi stated.

The police are determined to recruit “qualified, competent, trainable, and productive hands into the Nigeria Police Force.

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Rivers Varsity Suspends Four Students Over Brutal Assault

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– Four students suspended for assaulting a colleague
– Suspension lasts for one academic session
– Students urged to live in peace and harmony

The Rivers State University has suspended four students linked to the brutalization of their colleague, Victor Tobins. The students, who are members of the Man O’ War, were suspended for one academic session.

According to the university’s management, the students’ actions contravened the institution’s regulations. Management saw the actions as contrary to the regulations of the University.

The students had beaten Tobins, a 300-level student, black and blue, inflicting injuries on his right eye and other parts of his body. The development sparked a protest among students, who demanded the disbandment of the Man O’ War from campus.

The university’s management intervened, promising to take action within 24 hours. The management has since suspended the four students, urging students to live in peace and harmony.

“We urge the student population to continue to live in peace and harmony and comply scrupulously with all the rules and regulations of the University,” the management said.

 

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