Task Force raids filling stations, warns against hoarding

….. .in Ilorin

Biodun Esan, Ilorin

Kwara State Task Force on Monday raided some filling stations within the Ilorin metropolis, cautioning them against hoarding of fuel which the government says imposes needless hardship on the masses.

A statement by Mashood Abdulrafiu Agboola, Deputy Chief Press Secretary Government House on Monday said the raid was part of the government’s measures to address fuel scarcity in the state.

The Chief of Staff Government House Prince Mahe Abdulkadir heads the Task Force

“This is a committee set up by His Excellency AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to see to the problem of fuel shortage.

“As a responsible and responsive government, we cannot be folding our hands watching. We have to see that the majority of our people enjoy the dividends of democracy.

“We observed that the major marketers are doing their best so far because we checked their pits,” the Chief of Staff said.

Abdulkadir called on the people of the state to be patient and avoid panic-buying

“We want to call on the people of the state to be patient and avoid panic buying, saying the federal government is not trying to increase the prices of fuel. We will make sure our people are not shortchanged,” he added.

Filling stations inspected include Total Energies Post Office Area; Rainoil Filling Station Asa Dam; NNPC Gerin Alimi; Total Energies Surulere; NNPC Surulere; and MRS Filling Station Oja-Oba.

The Chief of Staff called on the management of fuel stations dispensing fuel across the state to organise their customers to ensure orderliness properly.

At Rainoil Filling Station Asa Dam, NNPC Gerin Alimi, and NNPC Surulere, the team confirmed that there was enough fuel in their pits and encouraged them to continue to sell in an orderly manner.

Some of the managers, however, promised to avoid hoarding in the interest of the state.

In their reactions, some of the motorists in queue appealed to the government to continue monitoring fuel sales to check hoarding and reduce hardship occasioned by fuel scarcity in the state.

Other members of the team were Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Muyideen Aliyu, Permanent Secretary General Services in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Abdulrahman Babatunde; Director of Commerce in the Ministry of Business Innovation and Technology Mr Taiwo Adebisi and security operatives.

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