Sokoto govt meets oil marketers on fuel scarcity
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.