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Published On: Thu, Feb 5th, 2015

Angry Bayelsa residents Lament Hijack of Jonathan’s Subsidised Kerosine

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan


LAGOS FEBRUARY 5TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Hundreds of women and other residents of the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa, yesterday expressed dismay over the hijack of the sale of President Goodluck Jonathan’s subsidised kerosene scheme in the state. The kerosine sells at N50 per litre.
While most of the angry women were seen lying down under the newly constructed State Government Flyover with empty jerry cans, others were seen engaging black market operators and security operatives over their alleged involvement in the illegal buying of the kerosene products with huge numbers of jerry cans.
The kerosene sold at the NNPC Mega Filling Station in the state capital, at the rate of N50 per litre, was allegedly being sold at N100 per litre.

Some of the concerned women said yesterday that the sale of Jonathan’s subsidised kerosene has become a source of agony, despair and nightmare for them as most of them could not get the commodity because they failed to go through the black marketers.
One of the women, Madam Ebiere told our correspondent that aside the activities of the black marketers, whom they accused of conniving with some attendants at the stations they also flayed the lawlessness of some security operatives.
They alleged that the security officials usually come with more than the required 25 litre jerry can and would head straight for the pump and stampede attendants to sell to them. Our source gathered that some consumers got to the station as early as 5 am, yet they could not buy the product after queuing for long hours. A consumer, who gave her name only as Veronica, lamented the agony they were exposed in an attempt to buy the product.
According to Veronica, “Imagine, I have been here for close to eight hours, yet it has not reached my turn. But in my presence, some people would come and they will sell to them.This is unfair. I had thought that coming to buy the kerosene at N50 per litre would ease my problem but I can tell you, I am in a deeper problem. I have been here since and all the things I am supposed to do are lying at home. As it is, I cannot even say when I will leave this station.”
Another consumer, Benedicta John, said could only buy the product after coughing up N1500 bribe to a black marketer,”They (black marketers all over the place here. If you must leave here on time, you must go through them. When I purchased my 25 litre kerosene, I paid N1500 to the attendants and was asked to give another N1500 to the man who facilitated my transaction.”
“I wonder when this country will be corruption free. Some people capitalise on every situation to rip others off. I came here with happiness that I was coming to buy kerosene with N50 per litre, but now my joy has been killed.”
A tout, who gave his name as Preye, said he saw the situation as an opportunity to make brisk business.”Nothing goes for nothing. I charge people before I go to the attendants. Whatever comes out of it, I take my share and give those who also facilitate the business.”
“That is the way it works. You know this is Nigeria. Those who refuse to go through us have to wait for very long time before they can buy. It is left to them to choose between greasing our palms or waiting there for long. “
When contacted, Bayelsa State Coordinator, Kerosene Support, said he and his team were there to ensure that the price was not more than the agreed N50 per litre, stressing that so far, attendants dispensed kerosene at the agreed price.He, however, denied any knowledge of the activities of black market operators.

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