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Web Analytic reports for the month of February 2018

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Obiano Appoints Person With Disability Into State’s Tenders Board

Gov. Obiano with SA Barrister Chuks Ezewuzie

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has appointed a person with disability as member of the State Tenders Board and automatically a member of the State Executive Council, the highest ruling organ of the state government.

Relaying the exciting news in a commentary published on ABS on March 21, Special Adviser to the Governor on Disability matters, Chuks Ezewuzie, lauded the Governor for his tremendous success for the Disability community in the State.

He said Obiano’s strides in that regard led to him being referred to as Ogugwo Ndi Olusi, which when translated means “The Comforter of persons with Disabilitities”.

The governor’s accomplishments in this direction, according to Chuks are not only outstanding, exemplary and unprecedented but uncountable.

“No doubt, God created Akpokuedike and his wife, Osodieme, with hearts of gold and philanthropy,” he said.

Ezewuzie added that Governor Obiano has done what had never been done, even from the old Anambra state, noting that for the first time since the creation of Anambra state, he established Office of the Governor on Disability Matters, which implements the vision for persons with disabilities.

He said Anambra, under Obiano, is also the first State in West Africa to appoint visually impaired and other persons with disability as Permanent Secretaries in Public service as well as employed several persons with Disabilities into the state’s civil service.

“Today, a person with disability is a member of State Tenders Board and member of the State Executive Council, the highest ruling organ of the state government. The governor equally appointed over five persons with Disabilities to his cabinet.

“Anambra is the only state in the South East of Nigeria to enact a law (Anambra State Disabilities Rights Law). The law provides for inclusion of persons with Disabilities in state policies and programs; guarantees employment opportunities for persons with Disabilities and prohibits discrimination against and the protection of the rights of persons with Disabilities as well as provides for the education and sporting opportunities for persons with Disabilities etcetera,” he said.

Under Obiano, the Special Adviser said civil servants with Disabilities have been promoted to their rightful service levels after years of neglect and stagnation.

“He recognized and rewarded athletes with Disabilities who won medals at the national and international competitions. He equally encouraged and rewarded persons with disabilities who have made outstanding achievements in different professional fields; most recent being a visually impaired author of a Mathematics book and a proponent of a new mathematical formula.”

“Sir Willie provided support for Disability Law Center for facilitation of access to justice and protection of Disability cum human rights of persons with Disabilities. He facilitated Access Computer Technology center (ACT) and provided assistive and mobility equipment for productivity enhancements of persons with Disabilities as well as institution of free transportation in the state owned vehicles for persons with Disabilities.”

“Governor Obiano ensured recruitment of five sign language interpreters, more Deaf teachers, Braille instructors and computer instructors for persons with Disabilities. He established state Disability forum for dialogue between Government and Disability community with a view to providing assessment of and advice on Government policies and programs for persons with Disabilities.”

“Obiano harmonized the programs and promotion of synergy between Disability cluster services, NGOs and government programs for persons with Disabilities; created enabling environment that increases active participation of persons with disabilities in politics; increased awareness on equal access to electoral process for persons with disabilities. He also facilitated regular celebration of international Days of persons with Disabilities; facilitated the formation of cooperative societies for entrepreneurs with disabilities; empowered persons with Disabilities with equipment and tools after acquisition of skills and trade.”

“The present Anambra state government appointed and promoted Judicial officers with Disabilities to the Bench; established rehabilitation centers at Aguleri and Oba with another proposed one at Nawfija in Orumba South LGA. The government renovated and upgraded Special Education Center at Isulo; established rehabilitation center for the mentally challenged at Nteje in Oyi LGA where Akpokuedike donated his salary for the upkeep of the inmates.”

“Anambra state government, apart from offering scholarships to all the students with disabilities at all levels of education, appointed a member of Disability community as a member of State Capital Budget Bilateral Discussion Committee. It issued Executive Directive requiring all projects executed in the State, whether public or private, to be handicapped accessible and involved,” Ezewuzie explained.

Besides, he said the wife of the governor, Dr Eberechukwu Obiano, through her pet project, CAFÉ, provided artificial limbs to over 2000 physically challenged.

“No doubt, Sir Willie Obiano and his wife have encouraged and promoted social wellbeing of persons with disabilities. Recently, Obiano employed newly wedded couples with disabilities,” he added.

COVID-19: JAMB donates 3 ventilators to 2 FCT hospitals

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has donated three ventilators to two General hospitals to support the Federal Government’s fight against Coronavirus in the country.

The board disclosed this in a statement, signed by Dr Fabian Benjamin, Head of Media and Publicity on Wednesday in Abuja.

JAMB said the gesture was prompted by ongoing collective support in the country to contain the spread of the virus in the country.

” The board appreciates the support and donations from corporate bodies and individuals toward complementing government’s efforts, aimed at containing the spread of the pandemic.

” This efforts are also aimed at treating those already infected by the virus.

” In our own little way of ensuring that government strategies and preemptive measures yield fruitful dividends, the board has donated two ventilators to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.

” Another one is donated to the principal hospital in the Board’s host community, the Bwari General Hospital, Abuja, in preparation for any eventuality.

” This was borne out of the board’s desire to plan in line with federal government’s determination to ensure that no Nigerian succumbed to the virus.

” The donation of these ventilators which cost several millions is to strategically place these Hospitals in good stead to give necessary treatment to COVID-19 patients whether in Bwari or any other part of Abuja.

” However, this gesture was in addition to the several other interventions aimed at aiding the fight against the virus, ” the board said.

JAMB said that it would continue to support the fight against the pandemic within its limited means and by so doing, protect its teeming candidates.

The board, while calling on all Nigerians to collectively battle to contain the spread of COVID-19, urged all tertiary institutions, students and their parents to support the government by abiding to instructions aimed at fighting the spread of the pandemic. (NAN)

COVID-19: Ekiti arraigns two Egyptian, 10 others for defying sit-at-home order

No fewer than twelve persons were on Wednesday arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate’s Court for allegedly violating the Ekiti state government’s directives on Coronavirus.

The accused persons were brought before Chief Magistrate, Mr. Abdulamid Lawal for defying the sit-at-home directives given by the government.

Governor Kayode Fayemi had on Sunday announced that the state will be totally locked down with full restriction of human and vehicular movements commencing from Tuesday, as part of the strategic efforts to mitigate against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

The accused were two Egyptians, Mohammed Mustapha and Mahmud Ahmed, Oladapo Oyinlade, Matthew Oyinlade, Ogundana Gbenga, Sunday Ani and others.

The Director of Prosecution, Mr. Julius Odugbemi, told the court that Mustapha and Ahmed on April 1, 2020 flouted government stay-at-home directives for driving around the Ado-Ekiti metropolis without lawful excuses.

He added that the offence violated the Provisions of the Ekiti State Coronavirus (Prevention of Infection) Regulations, 2020 made pursuant to Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2, LFN



Coronavirus: Why we cannot order total lockdown in Oyo State – Makinde

As the number of Coronavirus cases rises every day, the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, says his government will not order a total lockdown due to the high rate of poverty in the state.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered a lockdown of the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states, while many other state governments have also embraced the measure.

But Mr Makinde, who has also tested positive for the virus, said he has, instead, opted to impose a curfew. This, he said, would enable residents carry out their daily activities and earn daily incomes while observing the World Health Organisation (WHO) precautions on the global menace.

Mr Makinde explained this while speaking on a Fresh FM programme in Ibadan on Tuesday.

“My own background is engineering and I kept saying to people that as an engineer, you take decisions that are based on logic and fact. It’s an uncharted territory. We kept on interacting with the experts to find out what are the facts emerging.

“Yes, Lagos can be on lockdown, Ogun can be on lockdown, Oyo State, yes, people have been saying have a total lockdown and then I have been asking them questions. What will be the benefits here? Are there alternative courses of action for us to take?

“If you ask people not to come out, you lock down the market places, there are people that what they sell today – the profit from today’s activities is what they will eat tomorrow. There are plenty people like that within our environment. So, are there alternatives available to us? Can we do selective lockdown? That’s why I imposed the curfew, to say limit interactions.

“I think, everything is on the table but it has to follow a logical pattern and it will need the input of experts. We are not just going to lock down because everyone is locking down.”

He said rather than a total lockdown, he would follow the steps of some foreign countries.

“I have been watching CNN and the most successful place right now in containing this is the Czech Republic. And one of the things they brought out is that they made a law that if you must leave your house, you must wear a mask.

“It may be that route for us to go. I have asked them to start evaluating that. If we must make that law and say everybody that must go out must wear a mask, then, how about those who cannot afford it? Can we make masks locally? Can we get our artisans and our tailors to commit to that with the government supporting? So, those are the type of solutions we are looking for.”

He, however, said the necessary quarters are tracing and testing aides and others who interacted with him in the last few days.

Mr Makinde is one of three Nigerian state governors with Coronavirus infection. The others are Kaduna State’s Nasir El-Rufai and Bauchi’s Bala Mohammed.

COVID-19: NGO initiates provision for sign language interpreters for the Deaf during Presidential Task Force briefings

There was an outcry by Organization of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) concerning the lack of sign language interpreters in all the COVID-19 campaigns in television stations and broadcasts by President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu of Lagos State.

At the commencement of the briefings by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, INN learnt that Sightsavers approached the Ministry of Health, the coordinating Ministry for Presidential Task Force, proposed and made provision of sign language interpreters all their briefings.

With this gesture from Sightsavers, the report according the Qualitative Magazine is that sign language interpreters have been present in the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefings since Monday and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters management and Social Development has followed suit with sign language interpreters in all their briefings.

There was also a report from Sightsavers that they will also provide sign language interpreters for the Lagos state governor’s briefings on COVID-19 in the coming days.

The widespread outcry of the unavailability of sign language interpreters for the Deaf started after President Mohammadu Buhari made a presentation in a televised broadcast on Monday at about 7pm without the provision of a sign language interpreter for the deaf.

INN had earlier reported that there was a lament made by the Deaf and sign language interpreters concerning the unavailability of sign language interpreters during the televised broadcast made by President Buhari on Monday. Read the news below

Deaf Community, Sign Language Interpreters lament exclusion, blame Minister of Information and Special Assistant on Disability Matters for marginalization

BREAKING: Markets to open for 4hours daily during the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, Abuja — FG

Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 National Co-ordinator, Aliyu Sani

The Federal Government has announced that all markets in states where a lockdown was imposed (Lagos, FCT and Ogun) will be allowed to open between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm daily.

The National Co-ordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani, said this on Wednesday during a briefing by members of the task force.

“For markets, only shops and stalls selling food and groceries shall be allowed to open to customers between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm,” he said.

Meanwhile, for supermarkets and food stores, their opening hours must be between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and all owners and managers have been warned to screen staff and customers before entry.

“On arrival, all staff must be screened for a high temperature and all those found to have a high body temperature above 38, will be denied entry and advised to seek immediate medical attention.

“All deliveries for supplies and products for these supermarkets must be made between the hours of 5:00 am and 9:00 am,” Sani added.

He further stated that at any point in time, the total number of customers inside each store must not exceed a third of the store’s total capacity.

After their closure at 4:00 pm, Sani urged shop owners to ensure that all shelves, aisles and stores are cleaned and disinfected and by 6:00 pm, staff are conveyed back to their respective homes.

Nigeria’s Coronavirus cases at a Glance, now 151 cases

Nigerian Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire

Nigerian Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire

Nigeria’s Coronavirus cases have jumped to 151, according to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

A glance at the rate of infection showed that Lagos State leads the pack with a huge 82 cases, but the state has also discharged eight Coronavirus patients and recorded no death.

Below is Coronavirus infection in affected States and Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

Nigeria’s Coronavirus cases at a Glance

Nigeria’s Powerlifting Champion, Nwosu Is Dead

Nigeria’s Paralympic gold medalist, Ndidi Nwosu has died.

Former President of the Nigeria Powerlifting Federation, Queen Uboh who confirmed the her death, said the husband of the late powerlifter Ikechukwu Nwosu, called her to convey the sad news of the demise of the world champion.

She said: “Ndidi sustained an injury from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. She was a heavyweight powerlifter. I had actually assisted by paying for two of the surgeries she had in Owerri but after the surgery, she was never the same again.

“She had been off and on in the hospital and that was why she couldn’t take part in this last World Cup.

“Even before she died, she appeared to me in the dream. She told me not to leave her family and that I was still her mummy despite not being the Powerlifting President anymore. So when the husband called me to inform me of her passing, I knew already because she had appeared to me in the dream”.

The former official further revealed that after her surgery, she sent some money to Nwosu to start a petty business but she couldn’t manage it with her poor health.

“She called me to say she couldn’t sustain the business because she couldn’t move about anymore and moreover, she was using the money to buy drugs.”

Uboh described the late Nwosu as very humble and easy-going, who gave her all to represent Nigeria.

“She was a very quiet powerlifter and that’s why many people really didn’t know her. Ndidi became a professional powerlifter in 2008 and won gold in the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016 and also at the 2018 Commonwealth Games It was at the Commonwealth Games that she sustained an injury which affected her spine.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has expressed sadness over the death.

While expressing his deepest condolences and sympathy with the family of the iconic powerlifter, Minister for Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, recalled and extolled the podium performances of Nwosu, “which etched and ranked the name of her fatherland- Nigeria- amongst the countries parading great para powerlifters on the international scene.”

COVID-19: DLAP Makes Case For More Government Attention To Plight Of Persons With Disabilities

Disability Law Advocacy Project (DLAP) Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin has urged the government to ensure that Persons with Disability are not excluded in the fight against COVID-19.

In a statement released on Monday and signed by it’s Project Head, Dr. J.O Olatoke, SAN, the Group expressed dismay that in the recent broadcast to the country by the President, there was no sign language interpreter to relay the message to the deaf community.

“The same therefore translates also to the exclusion of other persons with disabilities. Indeed, all the measures taken so far appear to be oblivious of people with disabilities as no mention was made of them and no form of arrangements or palliatives made to support them at this critical moment.

“COVID-19 is ravaging the world and that the world is up in arms against the pandemic is no longer news. The efforts of the international community and Nigeria to contain the spread of the virus continues to grow with little successes in the struggle.

“The greatest and most efficient of the tactics remain the social distance approach that is aimed at reducing close contact and thereby reducing the possible spread of the virus. DLAP however observe that the efforts seem to neglect or ignore the plight of persons with disabilities (PWDs),” DLAP said.

They, therefore, called on the Federal and State Governments to ensure that PWDs are not left behind in the fight against this common enemy of mankind.

“There is therefore the need to disseminate information widely in such manners that would also be beneficial to PWDs. In addition, the several economic stimulus plans rolled out by the government should not be devoid of the plights of PWDs.

“Lagos State government plans a distribution of food materials to close to 200,000 families, the question therefore is to what extent PWDs are covered in this scheme. It is therefore the call of DLAP that specific schemes targeted at persons with disabilities be formulated to ensure that they are not lost in the crowd.

“Specific package should be made for PWDs so that their disability does not become a disadvantage at this period,” the group said.

DLAP also called on NGOs’ especially its funders Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) to sustain targeted advocacy to ensure victory over the pandemic.

Facebook Commits Additional $100m To COVID – 19 Fight

COVID-19: United Nation Announces Emergency Response For IDPs In North-East

The United Nations in Nigeria on Tuesday declared it is taking emergency preparedness and response measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

These measures will also address immediate humanitarian consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in case it spreads to north-east Nigeria.

“We will not wait for COVID-19 to reach camps for internally displaced persons before we act.

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“They have already suffered enough from the decade-long conflict and our priority is to ensure the continuous delivery of life-saving assistance, especially health services, to the most vulnerable women, children and the elderly who need special attention,” Edward Kallon, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Kallon said it is crucial for vulnerable people to have access to not only water, soap, shelters, but also food, education and protection.

He noted that the UN in Nigeria is supporting the governments of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in developing emergency response plans that take the reality of the living conditions in many communities and IDP camps into account.

The Humanitarian Coordinator highlighted that the United Nations and its humanitarian partners are actively involved in Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) in IDP sites across the BAY states in support of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Kallon also highlighted activities being implemented jointly in the IDP camps, guided by global guidance on COVID-19 Outbreak Preparedness and Response.

“Humanitarian partners are installing hand-washing stations in IDP camps and ensuring supply of clean water,” Kallon explained. “Partners are also distributing soap and teaching women how to produce their own.”

Making Societies In Nigeria More Inclusive For Persons With Disabilities

By Dayyabu Tanimu Azare, Bauchi state Nigeria.

Due to the non or partial existence of inclusion in some communities in Nigeria, it has prompted me to write this article to discuss about the ways we can make our communities more inclusive for People living with Disabilities (PWDs).

Before I mentions these ways it is only pertinent that I clarify the concept of inclusion first.

The word INCLUSION means “something that does not leave any part or group out of it”. Example of inclusion is a society living with it’s people with disabilities without any form of discriminations and prejudices. Unfortunately people living with disabilities in our country, Nigeria, are left behind unattended to as a result either their cases were unheard or ignored by the society in which they live.

They are often considered unimportant on the perception that they have nothing to offer for the development of their society because of their conditions.

As is the case today, their plights are underreported and many of them are known to be intelligent but they remain sidelined because of the ailment that shortchanged their life and made them disabled.

People living with disabilities have the power to drive more inclusion for everyone from the discriminatory manners to effecting listening to the disabilities communities.

Here are seven (7) ways that can make our Nigerians communities more Inclusive for persons with disabilities in Nigeria.


Our overall cultural consciousness on how we interact with disabilities needs to change and the change must begin from early childhood education. We need to celebrate our peers for their differences, if this is taught at a very young age, less discrimination and more social inclusion will occur. Having children with and without disabilities learning together will help more persons appreciate the talent and gift they bring with them. As a society we have the responsibility to promote inclusion of our differences.


How can a person with disability acknowledge and identify with his/her history if it is not widely taught?

How can the society be embraced if their civic background is never been taught?

Throughout general education, I learned indepth about the Voting Rights Act when I was in Junior Secondary School but when I was in the college I began to learn about Disabilities Rights and that was in an intermediate class.

Even more disabilities studies is still emerging as a discipline for degree courses as many schools do not offer it. Disabilities history need to be integrated within our school systems for the communities to fully acknowledge.


Can you think of how many politicians and government officials local or state to national level who lives with a disability? If you look hard enough you will realize that there is a discrimination with those who work in political offices.

However, the big question is if we are encouraging younger generation with disabilities to participate in political setting.

Has all the State Governments appointed Special Assistant (S.A) on Disabilities Matters? How many local to national political campaigns incorporate the disabilities voices?

Indeed people living with disabilities are facing lot of challenges in participating in political setting and government. The Special Assistants on Disabilities Matters we are advocating that the government appoints would not only serve as the liaison officer between the disabilities communities and the government but will also serve as an informat to the government on any disabled-related matter because according to general perception, people without disabilities and their organization/NGOs have been using the disabled as a tool for enriching themselves.


It is interesting how we can see a person in one dimension and forget that he/she is a human being interacting with multiple angels.

When we see a person outside their element, we tend to forget that he/she’s live is a culmination of different sides and not just how we see them in an insulated environment.

Sometimes, people may forget that a person with one form of disability or the other is first and foremost a human being with desires, talents, skills, heartaches and looks just like everyone else. At the basis of every person are the similarities we all share for being human as well as people with disabilities.


We need more actors with disabilities playing the actual character roles reserved for people with disabilities. An abled-bodied actor doesn’t have to play the role of a person with disability when an actor living with disabilities can easily be hired. I understand some directors believe that hiring abled-bodied actors playing a character with a disability is better than a person living with disabilities themselves under those circumstances? And even at that, our media need to come to terms with accepting disabilities as a human conditions instead of a few with imperfections.


It is still progressive to see the disabilities communities as a targeted audience and consumers. We are the biggest morality population in the world and yet the most under represented. When it comes to marketing products, we are the last to be thought of.

While part of this stems from the fact that there is a great deal of diversity communities those consumers segments (and their families) still have significant purchasing power, we are slowly seeing models with disabilities incorporated in fashion and marketing commercials. But this needs to become the norms and not seen as a future-forward thinking.


According to Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) “fewer than 1 in 5 disabled adults are employed”. The disabilities communities is still being discriminated against at work. They are not offered a job they are qualified for or denied their final interviews based on their disabilities. But when it come down to that, the employers need to see a person with disability as an asset and not a potential liability.


Countless people including people with disabilities crewed up public step and roared their voices until the one in power heard them.

Empower yourself and others by realizing that your voice can make a change for the generation to come. We need to become the voice and criticize and challenge anyone who is trying to discriminate against us. If you don’t raise your voice, nothing will happen and no change will come.

Let us therefore join hand together in raising our voices so we can see a fully inclusive society and celebrate each other for who we truly are. Talented and Incredible human beings.

COVID-19: FG to test 1,500 Nigerians daily

Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Federal Government on Tuesday said by next week, Nigeria would be testing 1,500 people for COVID-19 every day.

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja, said the country, as of last week, was conducting 500 tests per day.

Ihekweazu said this as some states, including Oyo and Edo, on Tuesday complained that they were facing a shortage of testing kits for the virus.

On its part, the Bauchi State Government appealed to the Federal Government to set up a COVID-19 testing facility in the state.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Sunday, as part of efforts to increase contact tracing and treat Nigerians, who might have contracted the virus, ordered lockdown of the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states.

Although Nigeria recorded the first coronavirus case on February 27, the figure shot up to 131 on Monday night amidst complaints that the country was not testing many people with suspected cases of the virus.

Prominent Nigerians, who have been diagnosed with the disease include the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed; his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Ihekweazu, at the press conference, said the NCDC would only test specific persons whose case definition fitted into that of the centre.

He stated, “As of last week, we were testing about 500 per day, or we had the capacity to test 500 per day. By the end of this week, we will be at 1,000 per day, and next week we plan to take it to 1, 500 per day, just by increasing the number of labs.

“We are managing and improving the supply sides, but at the same time, we need to reduce the demand side to those that really need it. So, in Lagos, there is a big problem with a lot of anxiety and everybody wants to get tested. We need you to help us give this message to people. We have a case definition for COVID-19; either you have respiratory symptoms plus travel; plus contact with a confirmed case or respiratory symptoms of unknown explanation.

“This is an important message because the more people force themselves into being tested the less we have the capacity to test those that really need it. These people that really need it will be transmitting it into the community and more people will get infected.

“So, there is a consequence, not just for you as an individual, but for the rest of society. So, we need to get to those we need to get to. And by testing those that don’t need it, the worried well, we block the system from those that need it, and the outbreak continues. So, there is a price to pay for testing all these asymptomatic individuals.

FG reduces petrol price to N123.5 per litre

The Federal Government on Tuesday night reduced the price of petrol from N125/litre to N123.5/litre.

Current petrol price indicates a reduction of N1.5 on every litre of petrol purchased nationwide.

It announced the reduction through the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, after a whole day meeting with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in Abuja.

Announcing the reduction, the Executive Secretary of the PMS pricing regulator, Abdulkadir Saidu, said, “PPPRA, in line with the government approval for a monthly review of Premium

“Motor Spirit pump price hereby announces guiding PMS pump price of N123.50 per litre.

“The guiding price which becomes effective 1st April 2020, shall apply at all retail outlets nationwide for the month of April 2020. PPPRA and other relevant regulatory agencies shall continue to monitor compliance to extant regulations for a sustainable downstream petroleum sector.”

It added, “Members of the public and all oil marketing companies are to be guided accordingly.”

The spokesperson for PPPRA, Kimchi Apollo, had told our correspondent at 7.30pm that stakeholders had been meeting on the new price since Tuesday morning.

Officials from the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, oil marketers and labour unions, among others, who constitute the petroleum products price modulation committee attended the meeting.

On March 19, 2020, a day after the Federal Government announced the pump price of N125/litre for petrol, the PPPRA declared that there was the possibility of a new price regime for the PMS beginning from April 1, 2020.

It explained that the N125/litre price might last till the end of March, as a new cost for petrol might be introduced on April 1.