Sokoto govt meets oil mar­keters on fuel scarcity

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Rakiya A. Muham­mad, Sokoto

As fuel scarcity per­sists in Sokoto, the state gov­ern­ment yesterday met stake­hold­ers in the dis­tri­bu­tion of petroleum prod­ucts in the state.

Those in at­ten­dance in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Depart­ment of Petroleum Re­sources, petroleum dis­trib­u­tors as well as gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clud­ing the Sec­re­tary to State Gov­ern­ment, Head of Ser­vice, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Com­merce and some other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

The SSG, Pro­fes­sor Bashir Garba, said the gover­nor was very con­cerned with the plight of the peo­ple and di­rected that the meet­ing be held to find a so­lu­tion.

“The in­for­ma­tion reach­ing us is that its only Sokoto that is af­fected. We re­alised that the prob­lem is not gen­eral and we de­cided call for a meet­ing of all the stake­hold­ers in the dis­tri­bu­tion of petroleum prod­ucts”, he said.

He said they had an elab­o­rate dis­cus­sion on the way out and ex­pressed op­ti­mism that there would be some im­prove­ment.

“We re­alised that there is need for gov­ern­ment to in­ter­vene in sourc­ing some doc­u­ments that would en­able our mar­keters ac­cess more prod­ucts and we pledged to sup­port them by pro­vid­ing letters to the NNPC and some other ma­jor deal­ers”, he added.

He dis­closed that a six man com­mit­tee led by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Min­istry of Com­merce was con­sti­tuted to ad­dress the prob­lem.

Con­troller of DPR in the state, Mo­hammed Mak­era, at­trib­uted the prob­lem to trans­porta­tion and as­sured of im­prove­ment in the sit­u­a­tion with the sup­ply of 17 tankers.

Also speak­ing, the chair­man, In­de­pen­dent Petroleum Mar­keters As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria in Sokoto, Al­haji Sule Ma­gaji, de­bunked spec­u­la­tions that they were hoard­ing the prod­ucts.

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