Buhari’s gov­ern­ment and kerosene dis­tri­bu­tion

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Kerosene is one of the most es­sen­tial com­modi­ties in the lives of most Nige­ri­ans, es­pe­cially those liv­ing in semi ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas.

Among the most cru­cial fac­tors that af­fect Nige­ri­ans’ us­age of kerosene is not only its avail­abil­ity but also its ef­fi­cient dis­tri­bu­tion at the ap­pro­pri­ate price.

It is ob­vi­ous that Pres­i­dent Muham­mad Buhari at­taches great im­por­tance and gives pri­or­ity to ef­fec­tive and in­clu­sive na­tion­wide dis­tri­bu­tion of petroleum prod­ucts, es­pe­cially kerosene, to Nige­ri­ans na­tion­wide and at gov­ern­ment ap­proved prices. Thus, dur­ing his speech on the 55th year In­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary, the pres­i­dent cat­e­gor­i­cally men­tioned the suc­cess recorded by his gov­ern­ment in the im­prove­ment of dis­tri­bu­tion of kerosene. Mr. Pres­i­dent said: “…by the same to­ken, sup­ply of petrol and kerosene to the public has im­proved through­out the coun­try”.

If the cur­rent mod­est im­prove­ment in the sup­ply and dis­tri­bu­tion of kerosene is sus­tained, it will pro­duce some fruit­ful end re­sults- in­creased public con­fi­dence on gov­ern­ment pro­grammes and poli­cies and en­cour­ag­ing the man­agers of the na­tion’s re­finer­ies and NNPC de­pots to sus­tain the gains.

Some op­po­si­tion to Buhari gov­ern­ment may ques­tion what the re­la­tion­ship be­tween gov­er­nance and the im­prove­ment in the dis­tri­bu­tion of kerosene is? The an­swer to this is sim­ple. Buhari has so far ex­hib­ited qual­i­ties and ap­peals which in­spire en­thu­si­asm in Nige­ri­ans with just a wink of an eye. Buhari is an in­di­vid­ual with vi­sion for the fu­ture, a man who can go the ex­tra mile to get things done, Buhari is one man that can dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween re­al­ity and smoke­screen and also re­main pos­i­tive in the public eye, no mat­ter what the sit­u­a­tion may be.

Buhari’s ac­tions and qual­ity lead­er­ship have made NNPC per­son­nel and mar­keters, es­pe­cially ma­jor mar­keters to en­thu­si­as­ti­cally key-in to gov­ern­ment’s re­solve to im­prove the dis­tri­bu­tion of kerosene through­out the coun­try. One of the heart­warm­ing ex­am­ples is the new in­no­va­tion in the dis­tri­bu­tion of kerosene in­tro­duced by NNPC Kaduna de­pot man­age­ment and one of the ma­jor oil mar­keter­s­they de­signed a well mapped strat­egy that ease the dis­tri­bu­tion of Kerosene to both ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas at gov­ern­ment ap­proved price. The Depart­ment of Petroleum Re­sources(DPR) and other stake­hold­ers are also play­ing a very vi­tal role in im­prov­ing that strat­egy.

Pres­i­dent Buhari is in­deed mak­ing Nige­ri­ans happy with the mod­est im­prove­ment in the dis­tri­bu­tion of Kerosene na­tion­wide. Most Nige­ri­ans be­lieve Buhari will re­vive the na­tion’s four re­finer­ies and the 21 NNPC de­pots in or­der to sus­tain this im­prove­ment.

Zayyad I. Muham­mad­writes from Jimeta, Adamawa State, za­y­mohd@ya­hoo.com <mailto:za­y­mohd@ya­hoo.com>, 08036070980

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