• Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

Reps To FG, Lift Ban On Sale Of Fuel At Border Communities

House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to review the policy that banned the sale of fuel within 20 Kilometers to Nigerian land borders.

This followed a motion by a member from Ogun State Mr Adegboyega Isiaka, adopted by the House at plenary.

Mr Adegboyega Isiaka, explained that the Nigerian Customs Service in November, 2019 announced the ban on the sales and supply of Petroleum products in all communities 20km away from the Nigerian land borders to prevent smuggling of subsidized petroleum products to Nigerian neighbouring countries.

He said despite the removal of subsidy by the Nigerian Government, the ban is yet to be lifted, the situation he said had been causing hardships to millions of Nigerians living and conducting businesses within the affected areas as they have to travel kilometers to secure the products for their daily needs.

The lawmaker added that apart from the difficulties people faced in securing the products, the ban had continued to impact negatively on the socio-economic activities in the affected areas.

Adopting the motion, the house urged the Nigerian Customs Service and other relevant government agencies to ensure immediate stoppage of the ban to allow duly registered fuel stations within the communities to be supplied with petroleum products.

The House similarly, mandated the Committee on Customs and Excise (when constituted) to ensure effective implementation of the resolutions.

COV /TSIBIRI