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N40 Pump Fuel Price Is My Figure, Not Buhari’s, Says David-west

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FORMER Petroleum Minister and Professor
of Virology, Professor Tam David-West, has said there
was never a time the President-elect, General
Muhammadu Buhari (retd), said he would reduce the
pump price of fuel to N40 per litre as reported some
days ago.
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 Buhari.
He said: “I wish to correct a wrong impression carried
in the newspapers, entitled, “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 a categorical
statement.
“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.”
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 four refineries were
serviced to produce at maximum capacity, adding that
for now, the refineries were performing at minimum
capacity.
One of the antidotes that could make life more
comfortable for Nigerians, he said, 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 which 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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