Mr. Femi Falana, SAN

Governors lack powers to fix petrol price at N380 per litre for Nigerians —Falana

*When you are told that the PPPRA, DPR, NNPC or Governors’ Forum or market forces are fixing the prices of petroleum products, they have abandoned the law, says Barrister Femi Falana, SAN

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Following the governors’ recent recommendation on fuel pricing, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, human rights lawyer, has said the Nigerian governors do not have the powers to determine petroleum prices in the country.

Falana stated this evening Friday, May 21 while featuring on The Punch live interview programme.

Earlier, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) committee had recommended a petrol price of between N408.50k and N380 per litre for consumers.

The NGF, led by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, as well urged immediate removal of fuel subsidy on petroleum products in Nigeria.

The proposed price which is over 200 percent of the current pump price of petrol had been greeted with outrage as Nigerians took to the social media to reject it while they also lamented the hardship in the country.

Falana said: “With profound respect, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum as an entity, Nigerian governors in their individual capacities lack the powers to interfere in (with) the fixing of the prices of petroleum products.

“Section 6 of the Petroleum Act which has not been amended provides that the Minister of Petroleum Resources shall fix the prices of petroleum in Nigeria.”

He stated: “So, when you are told that the PPPRA, DPR, NNPC or Governors’ Forum or market forces are fixing the prices of petroleum products, they have abandoned the law.

“We have a situation where President (Muhammadu) Buhari has made himself the Minister of Petroleum Resources, illegally though.

“As usual, he doesn’t want to take responsibility for punishing the Nigerian people. So, he steps back and allows all manner of forces to fix petroleum products.”

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