Why Cus­toms bans fuel sup­ply to bor­der com­mu­ni­ties Res­i­dents groan, IPMAN backs de­ci­sion

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day, John Chuks Azu, Daniel Adugbo (Abuja), Peter Moses (Abeokuta), Is­mail Ade­bayo (Birnin Kebbi), Habibu Umar Aminu (Katsina), Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam (Dutse) & Eu­gen Agha (La­gos)

The Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice (NCS) has di­rected the im­me­di­ate stop­page of sup­ply of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts within 20 kilo­me­tres to the na­tion’s in­ter­na­tional bor­ders.

Daily Trust find­ings re­veal that hun­dreds of filling sta­tions built in com­mu­ni­ties close to Nige­ria’s bor­ders with neigh­bour­ing Chad, Niger and Cameroon would be af­fected by the lat­est di­rec­tive.

Res­i­dents spo­ken to in the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties said the di­rec­tive would fur­ther af­fect so­cial and eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties, but cus­toms of­fi­cials said the move was to fur­ther cur­tail smug­gling of sub­sidised pe­tro­leum prod­ucts to other coun­tries.

They ar­gued that most of the filling sta­tions only served as con­duit for stock­ing and there­after lift­ing of the prod­ucts for on­ward de­liv­ery to neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties to be sold at ex­or­bi­tant prices.

The cir­cu­lar trans­mit­ting the di­rec­tive, dated Novem­ber 6, 2019, and signed by the Deputy Comptrolle­r Gen­eral, En­force­ment, In­ves­ti­ga­tion and In­spec­tion (EI&I), Chidi A., said the in­struc­tion was from the Comptrolle­r Gen­eral of Cus­toms (CGC), re­tired Col. Hameed Ali.

The cir­cu­lar, No. 27 is ti­tled ‘Sus­pen­sion of Pe­tro­leum Prod­ucts Sup­ply to Filling Sta­tions within 20 kilo­me­tres of all Bor­ders’.

It said: “The CGC has di­rected that hence­forth, no pe­tro­leum prod­uct, no mat­ter the tank size, is per­mit­ted to be dis­charged in any filling sta­tion

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