BUSI­NESS Stu­dents back petroleum re­forms, NNPC probe

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Daniel Adugbo

Hun­dreds of stu­dents un­der the lead­er­ship of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Stu­dents (NANS) yes­ter­day took to the streets in a demon­stra­tion to back re­forms in the petroleum in­dus­try and the cur­rent probe by the Na­tional As­sem­bly on ac­tiv­i­ties of the NNPC.

The demon­stra­tions be­gan at about 12pm as the stu­dents marched from Ea­gles Square in Abuja to the en­trance of the Na­tional As­sem­bly, as armed po­lice­men kept watch.

Af­ter mak­ing their po­si­tions known through a let­ter, they ral­lied to the NNPC tow­ers dis­play­ing plac­ards that read: “NANS sup­port Mr. Pres­i­dent”, “We sup­port Mr. Pres­i­dent Trans­for­ma­tion Agenda”, “Stop all pro­pa­ganda and black­mail against the Min­is­ter of Petroleum”, “NANS sup­ports the div­i­dends of trans­for­ma­tion in the petroleum sec­tor”, the petroleum in­dus­try is pos­i­tive”, among oth­ers.

The stu­dents also backed the re­cent sack of Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tors of the NNPC by the Pres­i­dent as well as foren­sic au­dits set up to rid the sec­tor of crim­i­nal acts.

But they cau­tioned Nige­ri­ans not to pre­empt the probe by the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

“We hereby call on the pub­lic to wait for the foren­sic au­dit of the Na­tional As­sem­bly rather than cas­ti­gat­ing the min­is­ter that is work­ing as­sid­u­ously for the bet­ter­ment of the min­istry and the sec­tor”, NANS Se­nate Pres­i­dent Com­rade Nyan­abo Maxwell Soye, who led the demon­stra­tors, said.

The demon­stra­tors said the sec­tor has wit­nessed land­slide sta­bil­ity in an­nual aver­age of 2.3mil­lion bar­rel per day (mbpd) crude oil pro­duc­tion and 6.3 bil­lion cu­bic feet of gas pro­duc­tion un­til re­cent episodes of short­ages it said was cre­ated by sabo­teurs.

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