The lawmaker representing Badagry Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rep. Babatunde Hunpe has advised petroleum marketers in Badagry to adhere strictly to guidelines in dispensing petroleum products.
According to a release signed by Hon. Prince Sunday Oke, Head of Media/Publicity to
Rep. Babatunde Hunpe, the National Assembly man was said to have handed down the warning in an interview with the Newsmen on Thursday in Badagry.
The lawmaker said that he was not happy with the activities of some petroleum marketers in the Badagry Federal Constituency who created unnecessary queue while selling product into kegs in their filling station.
Hunpe urged the petroleum marketers, as well as tanker drivers and other stakeholders to desist from unwholesome activities of hoarding, diversion, adulteration and pump manipulation in order to avoid untold hardship on Badagry residents and motorists.
According to the lawmaker, the federal government has mandated security agencies to arrest and prosecute any errant marketers involved in sabotaging government commitment to making petroleum products readily available in Badagry.
“Information at my disposal revealed that some filling stations in Badagry are engaging sharp practices which is to the detriment of our people.
“We have urged the security operatives to gear up their operations and seal up any of the stations involving in this practice,” he said.
Hunpe appealed to the marketers to operate with the laws and guidelines governing sales and distribution.
The lawmaker said that the marketers had the obligation to dispense petrol at the recommended price.
He said that efforts are on to ensure that petroleum products’ supply and distribution in Seme, Owode Apa communities are increased from one truck to three weekly.
“When we are engaging the NNPC to increase the weekly supply to Badagry, it will not be palatable to discover that motorists and residents are going through hell to get the product here.
“I have fought tooth and nail to ensure more filling stations get petroleum products in Badagry communities and we are still engaging government to increase the stations.
“I am appealing to you to treed with caution and follow the Department of Petroleum Resources guidelines in operating all our filling stations,” he said.
The Federal Government, on Nov. 7, 2019, directed that petroleum products should no longer be supplied to filling stations within 20km of the borders.
The Customs Comptroller General, Col. Hammed Alli, Rtd, issued the memo suspending petroleum products to fuel stations around border communities.
He said that the directive became necessary because of the atrocities being committed at the border areas.
However, the Federal Government, on March 23, 2020, lifted the suspension on a total of 66 filling stations across the border communities of Nigeria, in order to ease fuel scarcity in the areas.