Nigeria directs filling stations 10km to borders be closed

Nigeria directs filling stations 10km to borders be closed

- The National Economic Council has directed that filling stations situated 10 kilometres to the borders be closed

- Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara said closure of the stations was to monitor the volume of petrol being distributed across the country

- Before the stations recommence operation they will be re-certified according to their needs

A sub-committee of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Remittance to Federation Account on Wednesday, May 16, directed that filling stations situated 10 kilometres to the borders be closed down immediately.

The committee arrived at the decision after its meeting with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) officials presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum who briefed State House correspondents, said closure of the stations was to monitor the volume of petrol being distributed across the country.

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According to Yari, the stations will be recertified according to their needs before they recommence operation.

“So, we are taking decision now that any filling station that is 10 kilometres on the border side should be closed down by DPR. And, we are going to direct the Minister of Finance in collaboration with DPR and NNPC to put a tracking device to every truck to know where that truck is heading.

“The tracking will also show where the trucks are discharging the fuel because we are suspicious of the number," the governor stated.

The sub-committee queried the claim by NNPC that it was lifting 60 million litres of petrol per day at present from a previous claim of 30 million barrels per day.

“We have so many international partners that are saying that even if we are feeding Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Niger, we cannot take more than 35 million litres,’’ Yari said.

He said that the committee had asked the NNPC to furnish it with how much it remitted to the Federation Account as proceeds from petroleum from 2015 to date and how much was outstanding.

On the cost of recovery which NNPC used to replace subsidy, the governor said that NEC was surprised that subsidy re-entered the trade after efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the practice.

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NAIJ.com previously reported that five filling stations in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital have been sealed by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for selling petrol above the government regulated price of N145 per litre.

The stations were sealed on Wednesday, December 27, when the DPR operations controller in charge of Kogi state, Engineer Amos Jokodola, was heading an inspection of filling stations in Lokoja, Daily Trust reports.

Jokodola expressed disappointment over the attitude of some fuel dealers who he said derived the pleasure in flaunting the government price.

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Source: Naija.ng

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