Oyebanji orders sanctions for filling stations hoarding fuel

By John Odunjo

Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, in Thursday ordered the state Task Force on Petroleum Products to fine or seal off the business premises of any filling station found hoarding petrol.

Oyebanji warned owners of filling stations in the state in the habit of hoarding petroleum product, thereby creating unnecessary hardship for the people, to desist from the unethical practice.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode, said in a ‘Public Service Announcement’ that the governor had consequently, “directed the State Task Force on Petroleum Product to ensure every filling station that has fuel sells to the public at recommended pump price”.

Oyebanji said, “Any filling station found hoarding fuel will face appropriate sanctions, including payment of heavy fine or sealing of the business premises”.

Fuel queues have since Tuesday returned to the few filling stations where petrol, is being dispensed in Ado Ekiti as they are selling for between N650 and N700 per litre in the filling stations as customers groaned.

Majority of the filing stations in the state capital including the major marketers are not opening to customers paving way for the few ones selling the product to attend to long queues of vehicles at high prices.

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