Barely a few weeks after NIPCO Plc reopened its seven Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling stations in Benin, Edo State, after they were shutdown for several days by aggrieved motorists in protest against the hike in price of gas, the motorists are threatening a fresh showdown with the company, ThisDay reports.
Over 4,000 motorists, who use CNG as vehicular fuel had shutdown the company’s seven CNG Filling Stations after the company increased the gas price from N55 per standard cubic meter to N95 per standard cubic meter for commercial vehicles. For private cars, the company had also increased the gas price from N80 per standard cubic meter to N120 per standard cubic meter. The motorists accused the company of sabotaging the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to encourage the use of gas as vehicular fuel.
However, NIPCO’s Head of Human Resources, who led the team that negotiated with the motorists, Mr. John Okpeku said that the federal government was responsible for the hike in gas price. “CNG is a local gas but it has international price. The same federal government increased the price. The price of CNG was N55 before. Now, what has happened is that the government side increased the price of gas. So, we also increased the price we sell to motorists,” Okpeku said.