- Urges govt to assist manufacturers by giving some rebate on diesel
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) groans as automotive gas oil (AGO) also known as diesel hits N720 per litre and call for urgent intervention from the government to support the production of goods.
The Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo branches of the Chairman, MAN, Lanre Popoola made the call in Ibadan on Sunday, while speaking on the increase of prices of petroleum products and lack of power supply.
Popoola lamented that it is a difficult thing ensuring production at this time, as diesel has gone up to N720 and N730 per litre.
He explained that it is getting extremely difficult to produce because 70 per cent of industries are running on diesel and there is no light.
According to him, “There is no power supply, we are having 30 per cent of what it used to be, whereas the disposable income of people is not increasing and the cost of products is going up.
“Even in my factory now, we are only running one shift instead of three shifts of eight hours each.
“Other businesses are also running limited hours on diesel as they cannot afford to use generators all day,” Popoola said.
The MAN chairman posited that if the situation persisted, it could lead to bigger issues that would further affect the nation’s economy and increase the hardship of Nigerians.
He hinted that the worst part is that diesel suppliers cannot agree for organizations to make a flexible payment plan such as instalments, while they deliver the products in trust, because it is either you do cash and carry, or pay ahead.
He noted that they cannot be blamed the diesel they bought last week at N630 per litre, the next day it is sold for N730 per litre, how will they replace your stock?
Popoola pointed out that the way forward was for the government to come in and assist manufacturers, by giving some rebate on diesel, stressing that was the only lifeline.
He said “Aside manufacturers, for transporters that are bringing food from the North or taking products to the East or Lagos, now the cost of their logistics would have doubled by 100 per cent if not 200 per cent.
“May be the government can come in and do a kind of palliative for us, it is either we have light 24 hours per week, to run our factories or do a palliative on diesel.
“But unfortunately, we don’t produce diesel in this country, if the refineries are working, it is a different ball game, the country would have had it better now, if the refineries are working.
“So the more the international prices of Petroleum products go up, the higher the prices of what we are going to get from them,” Popoola added.