Kwara Speaker laments fuel scarcity at bor­der towns

The Punch - - PHOTO NEWS - Tunde Oyekola

The Speaker of the Kwara State house of Assem­bly, Sal­ihu Yakubu, has de­cried the scarcity of fuel in com­mu­ni­ties in the Baruten Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area along the Nige­ria/benin Repub­lic bor­der.

A state­ment by his Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia, Ibrahim Sher­iff, said the Speaker spoke on Mon­day at a meet­ing with the act­ing Co­or­di­na­tor, Joint Bor­der Drill, Sec­tor 3, Kwara Cus­toms, Garba Mo­hammed.

The Speaker said, “The suf­fer­ings of our peo­ple in Baruten com­mu­ni­ties is as a re­sult of the in­or­di­nate ex­e­cu­tion of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s or­der ban­ning fuel sup­ply to fill­ing sta­tions lo­cated 20km from bor­der com­mu­ni­ties to check­mate smug­gling ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Con­se­quently, at the mo­ment, a litre of petrol is sold for as high as be­tween N300 and N350.”

he called on the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice to look into the mat­ter and al­low com­mu­ni­ties lo­cated in ar­eas far­ther than 20km to re­ceive pe­tro­leum prod­ucts al­lo­cated to their fill­ing sta­tions.

In his re­sponse, Mo­hammed, who re­sumed in Ilorin on Tues­day, thanked the leg­is­la­tor for in­ti­mat­ing the sec­tor with the devel­op­ment, not­ing that the peo­ple’s plight would be swiftly looked into.

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