No Plans To Hike Pump Price Of Fuel, Says Jonathan

Petrol pumpPresident Goodluck Jonathan said in Abuja on Sunday that the Federal Government had no plans to increase pump price of petroleum for now.

Jonathan, who gave this assurance at a Presidential Media Chat, noted that such action could not be taken without following due process and the consent of Nigerians.

“I have no plans now to change petroleum pump price, but if I have to do it, I will do it following due process”, the President said.

He denied insinuations that his administration was not decisive enough to fight corruption in the country.

According to him, the federal government is doing everything possible to investigate and bring to book every corrupt public officer.

He assured Nigerians of improved electricity supply, adding that the present epileptic electricity supply in the country would soon be a thing of the past.

“We are not moving as fast as we are supposed to, but the steps we are taking will lead this country to a greater level.

“We will surely improve on it; I assure you it is not going to be worse than this.

“This government is committed and we are doing our best and we are seeing rays of hope”, Jonathan said.

He added that the federal government was, however, looking on how to get loan to invest robustly in the energy sector.

On the fight against insurgency, the president noted that he had never said that his cabinet was infiltrated by members of Boko Haram as was being insinuated in some quarters.

“I used the word government, I never said cabinet”, he stressed.

He maintained that due to his government`s determination to fight insurgency in the country, some government officials and security personnel were being interrogated on grounds of acts of insurgency.

On the issues of his delay in declaring his intension to contest the 2015 presidential election, Jonathan said that; “this should not be a problem to Nigerians”.

He added that the nation’s economy and its survival should be the concern of the people and not his presidential ambition.

“APC as the major opposition party has not even named their candidate and you are talking of PDP. (NAN)