By Gladys Nweke
In line with the Federal Government directives on the reduction of pump price of PMS from N145 to N125 nationwide, the Niger Delta Activists Forum in the state led by the chairman and Comrade Tamunoimama Tamunobelema and the secretary, comrade Ataisi F Ntene, had gone on a tour to filling stations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, to evaluate compliance on the directives of Federal government by petrol station operators and has observed in dismay the noncompliance of the federal government order.
According to the leaders of the forum, after consulting with appropriate quarters as most station owners requested they be given some days of grace to adhere to the order. Niger Delta Activist Forum is using this medium to issue 24hours ultimatum beginning from Saturday, for them to revert to N125 or face total shutting down of their stations.
Recall that the Federal Government had issued a directive to all petroleum marketers to revert to #125 per a litre of PMS to cushion the hardship faced by Nigerians occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic that has shutdown the world’s economy. While marketers in other states of the federation are said to have complied with the directive, marketers in Rivers State seem nonchalant and adamant to the policy.
The Niger Delta Activists Forum says it will not sit down and watch her citizens suffer. “We also call on IPMAN and NUPENG to wade in to ensure compliance.” The group did not however show where they got the power to shut down any station instead of reporting to appropriate authorities.