Kwara State Governor and Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Chairman, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has warned oil marketers against inflicting unnecessary hardship on the Kwaran populace by hoarding fuel.
The Governor further said there is no need for creation of artificial fuel scarcity in the state and beyond.
AbdulRazaq issued the warning in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye on Tuesday, May 30.
“The Governor is seriously concerned about reports of sudden fuel scarcity in different parts of the state. This is totally uncalled for.”
AbdulRazaq ordered fuel marketers to starting selling fuel to members of the public at the normal prices since they had bought what they currently have at subsidised rates.
“Creating artificial scarcity amounts to intentional misrepresentation of the statement of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, on the question of fuel subsidy. The people should not be made to undergo any hardship.
“The Governor urges the marketers to desist from anything that qualifies as economic sabotage of the people. Hoarding fuel bought at subsidised price and creating panic in the state is opportunistic and will not be condoned.
The Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi will head a task force to ensure that petroleum stations do not cause artificial fuel scarcity in the State.
“Fuel stations are to note that the Task Force will dip into their pits. Any filling stations found to be hoarding fuel will have their Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) revoked, among other penalties,” the statement concluded.
Recall that president Bola Ahmed Tinubu while delivering his inaugural address during his swearing-in ceremony Monday, May 29 at the Eagle Square in Abuja declared that the regime of fuel subsidy is gone.
However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has backed the stance of Tinubu on the removal of fuel subsidy.
The Managing Director of NNPCL, Mele Kyari revealed that the company can no longer continue spend heavily on fuel subsidy.
He, thereby, gave assurance that there was no need for panic buying as there is enough product that can sustain the country for a month.