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Fuel Scarcity: NSCDC Deploys Officials To Monitor Petrol Stations

Posted: Apr 5, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


As acute fuel scarcity persists nationwide with no sign of abating, even as the April 7 date, Dr. Ibe kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources set for normalcy to return approaches, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has ordered its personnel to mount 24-hour surveillance of petrol stations around the country to monitor sales.
The deployment is aimed at curtailing sharp practices and the activities of black market operators and others who exploit the scarcity to sell the product above the recommended retail price.
Since the scarcity, the price of petrol has shot up to between N150 and N300 per litre as against the official pump price of N86 and N86.50 per litre for the retail outlets of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and retail outlets of private business concerns respectively.
Alhaji Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, the Commandant General of the Corps, who gave the directive after a meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, at NNPC towers Abuja over the weekend said that the sale of fuel by the roadside is prohibited.
“Government has also outlawed selling of petrol on roadsides and directed the NSCDC official to arrest and prosecute offenders,” he said and added that the deployment of officers of the Corps to petrol stations across the country is to help check sharp practices and ensure the smooth supply and distribution of the product.
The Commandant General said that before the latest directive, NSCDC had carried out 24-hour surveillance on oil terminals where crude oil is being loaded and on the rigs where drilling operations take place.
According to him, 280 officers have already been deployed in Abuja metropolis to ease the operations of NNPC and also officers of the corps have also been deployed in the same vein in states like, Delta, Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Oyo state.?
?The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, during the meeting, stated that the involvement of NSCDC operatives became necessary following the need to ensure total eradication of queues from fuel stations across the country and for effective monitoring of the distribution system.
“This calls for effective monitoring of the supply system, especially at the end points, to ascertain that what is trucked out from the depots is delivered at the designated fuel stations and dispensed to the public in the most efficient manner. We need you to be out there to help achieve this; we can’t be at ease while Nigerians are going through so much pain to get fuel.”
He called on the officers deployed for monitoring duties to be vigilant and ensure that all the petrol designated for their respective stations is delivered and dispensed to members of the public in a most efficient manner.