Good News !! We May Sell Fuel @#35 Per Litre .

Prof. Tam David West, FORMER Petroleum Minister and Professor of Virology, has said there was never a time
that the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari
(retd) said he would reduce the pump fuel price to N40
per litre as reported some days ago and that it was
possible for the price of fuel to sell for N35 per litre.
The don who spoke with Vanguard in his residence in
Ibadan explained that the N40 per litre was his own
preferred pump fuel price and should not have been
attributed to Gen. Buhari.
He said, “I wish to correct a wrong impression
carried in the Vanguard of April 14 page 25 about me which
was titled, “Buhari’ll reduce petrol to N40-David West”. I did
not make such categorical statement and I’m sure that
Gen. Buhari will agree with me that I could not have made such categorical statement”.
According to him, Gen. Buhari and I have said it times
without number that the phenomenon called subsidy is
fraudulent. N40 per litre is my own figure which I have
repeatedly used in all my write-ups and interviews on
petroleum subsidy.
However, while alluding to a comment made by a Texas
professor who said petrol should sell for N35 per litre,
he said it was possible for the price of fuel to be
reduced drastically if all our four refineries were
serviced to produce at maximum capacity adding that
for now the refineries were performing at minimum
capacity.
One of the antidotes he said could make life more
comfortable for Nigerians was the complete removal of
middlemen who import fuel noting that fuel importation
must stop.
“Nigeria can go directly to refinery owners.
We have done it before during Buhari’s time”. When
asked if he could serve in the petroleum sector if invited
or recommend anyone who could be of service to
Nigerians, the erudite professor said it was God who
directs him and leads him on what to do next.
In 1990, I wrote on sabotage theory of Nigeria’s
refineries and was published by Vanguard. Our
refineries can work, but some people sabotage the
refineries. It is not because we don’t have Nigerians
who can repair it and turn things around. If that fails,
the people who built refineries can repair it. If people in
government do it, there will be no more importation of
fuel”.
“I respect Gen. Buhari because he has much integrity
and I believe that he would be a good leader. It is true
that expectations of Nigerians are very high. No new
leader can perform miracles. People should give him
time and conducive atmosphere to perform.
I don’t believe in 100 days in office, it is nonsense. If
you are packing from one house to a new one, will 100
days be enough to settle down. How do you expect a
sudden turn around within 100 days when so much
damage has been done for years. But,
It will not take too long before Nigeria would experience
that change they crave for. Between the first six months
and one year, people would feel that positive change”,
he said.
On the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan at the
polls, he said he felt so happy that he lost adding “I
have never supported him and I will not support him
because I am an Ijaw man. His policies are very bad”,
he maintained.

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