340 total views,  2 views today

The Labour Party in Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to resolve the lingering crisis in the petroleum and energy sectors by investing in the Modular Refinery as was done by the Edo State government. 

Edo state government recently commissioned its modular refinery which has not only arrested the scarcity of the petroleum products, stabilised the product pricing but also

enhaced the generation and distribution of electricity power supply to some parts of Benin metropolis.

In a statement on Wednesday, the National Secretary of the Labour Party, Barr Julius Abure also proposes that every state government should build a modular refinery to refine petroleum products for their consumption.

He said, “We are worried by the incessant increase in the prices of petrolrum products and electricity tariff which have further impoverished and pauperise the people.  

“It is baffling that the federal government has allowed the international price of crude oil to determine the cost of petrol for local consumption.

“The 1999 Constitution as amended provides as follows:section 14(2)(b)”security and welfare of the people shall be the principal purpose of government”; section 16(1)(a)says “harness the resources of the Nation and promote national prosperity and an efficient, dynamic and self reliant economy” similarly section16(2)(b)  elucidated by saying “the material resources of the nation are harnessed and distributed as best as possible to serve the common good”; section16 (1)(b) went further to state “control the national economy in such a manner as to secure the maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of every citizen on the basis of social justice and equality of status and opportunity”: finally, section 17(2)(d) posit ” exploitation of human and natural resources in any form whatsoever for reasons, other than the good of the community shall be prevented”.

“The combined effect of the aforesaid provisions suggest that it will not be out of place for government to provide welfare for its citizens. 

“Governments all over the world allow the citizens to enjoy and benefit from the mineral resources in their countries. What is wrong if government build refineries and refine petroluem products for local consumption at a reduced price in order to give welfare, make life more meaningful for the people, reduce hunger, poverty and secure some level of happiness for the citizens?

“It is along this line and thinking that the initiative of the Edo State Government in providing Modular Refinery to refine petroleum products locally and the generation and distribution of electricity which has provided 24 hours power supply to some parts of Benin Metropolis are initiatives which the Federal Government can emulate.

“In fact it is rediculous and unexplainable the rationale for selling crude oil at a lower amount and buy petroleum products at a higher cost. it is the height of man’s inhumanity to man. 

Labour Party scribe therefore proposed that the only way out of the incessant hike in the prices of petrolrum products is for government to revamp its existing refineries, build new ones and supply them crude oil to refine for local consumption at a fixed and reduced rates.

Abure further said, “infact, Labour Party proposes that every state government should build a modular refinery to refine petroleum products for their consumption.

“We urge the Federal Government to abandon this old narrative of making the people  bear the brunt of all government unfair policies. 

“We recall the austerity measures put in place in the 80s, the structural adjustment programme (SAP) introduced by Ibrahim Babangida to mention but a few programmes where the people were made to suffer unjustly. We think that in this generation, things should be done differently.

“For us in Labour Party, we believe that any government policy which brings hardship to the citizens is not  intanderm with the provisions of the constitution and must therefore be whittled down”, he said.


Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.