Kwara Speaker laments fuel scarcity at border towns
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.