Chairman of MOMAN, Mr Olumide Adeosun, made this known on Wednesday during a virtual consumer protection workshop for oil marketers, organised by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).
Chairman, Mr. Olumide Adeosun, made this known during a virtual consumer protection workshop for oil marketers by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) yesterday.
Adeosun, who was reacting to the lingering fuel scarcity across the country, blamed the situation on the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which has disrupted global energy supply distribution.
Adeosun said the gradual price deregulation should be followed with
targeted palliatives in the areas of transportation and agricultural subsidies.
He said the huge amount spent on petrol subsidy over the years would have been deployed to other critical areas that could have reduced the impact of the current energy crisis on Nigerians.
Adeosun empathised with Nigerians and the Federal Government who had been bearing the huge subsidy cost, adding that the government was working assiduously to mitigate the effects of the situation on the economy.
He said as the nation was moving towards full deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector, MOMAN would continue to collaborate with the FCCPC to ensure the
protection of the rights of consumers.
Earlier, executive vice chairman of FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera, charged oil marketers to shun anti-competitive conducts and other acts that would short-changed consumers.
Irukera, represented by Mr Adamu Abdullahi, Executive Commissioner, Operations, FCCPC, reiterated the commission’s commitment to the protection of consumers from exploitation.
In his presentation, Mr Ikem Isiekwena, a lawyer and partner at Simmons Coopers, urged MOMAN to promote efficient health, environmental, safety and quality related industry processes in accordance with the provisions of the FCCPC Act.
He also urged the marketers to liase and coordinate with specific industry regulators and its members on consumer protection issues.
Isiekwena tasked MOMAN with monitoring the conduct of its players to ensure compliance and act as an information hub for industry related consumer protection enquires.