No intention to increase fuel pump price, says FG

Abuja, Dec. 7, 2017 (TNE) The Federal Government has no intention to increase fuel price, and consumers should disregard the associated rumour, Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed has assured.

Mohammed said this while addressing state house correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

He said that the Minister of Petroleum (State), Dr Ibe Kachikwu, would have been at the briefing but had to go for an urgent meeting in order to resolve the petroleum scarcity across the country.

”Government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of PMS; the minister has assured the council that there is enough products for the next one month even to end of January,’’ the minister stated.

According to him, there is usually more demand for petrol product during the Yuletide which explains the scarcity of the product during the period.

Mohammed said that the council had given a marching order to the Petroleum Minister (State) that the fuel crisis in the country should not last beyond the weekend.

He said that the minister had also given the assurance to ensure that the problem is contained.

On digitisation, the minister said that the migration from analogue is on course.

He said that the digital switch over (DSO) platform in Ilorin will soon be inaugurated while those in Kaduna, Osogbo and Enugu are ready for inauguration.

”We hope that in the next couple of weeks, we are going to inaugurate these DSOs. The idea is that in the next few weeks, we will inaugurate one DSO in one state in each of the regions of the country,’’ he said.

Mohammed observed that there are challenges the country is working on especially the issue of set-up boxes as the government is not in a position to subsidise 40 million set-up boxes.

”We are looking at bringing down the cost of the boxes and at the same time not lowering the quality of those boxes.

”The set-up manufacturers are working very hard to bring the cost from 40 dollars to 20 dollars and we are also working with the governors and local government chairmen to see how we can collaborate.

”They can buy more boxes while we use our technology to ensure efficient payment of television licences,’’ the minister said.


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