BUSINESS Students back petroleum reforms, NNPC probe
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.