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Fuel Scarcity Hits Osun, As Govt Threatens To Sanction Stations Hoarding Petrol



Amid the fresh fuel scarcity in Nigeria, Osun State government led by God Ademola Adeleke has threatened to sanction filing stations hoarding Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) known as petrol.

The scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) had hit Osogbo and other towns in Osun in recent days.

Our Correspondent who monitored the situation yesterday observed long queues in major petrol stations across Osogbo, Osun State capital.

The most affected parts of Osogbo include Ogo-Oluwa, Oke-Fia, Old Garage, Lameco-Service, Abere, Power line, Ayetoro area among others.

Consequently, commercial and private vehicle owners have complained that long hours in petrol stations were impacting negatively on their productivity.

Reacting to the development, Osun state government Taskforce on Petroleum Price Monitoring, warned owners of petrol stations across the state against hoarding petroleum products to create artificial scarcity.

According to the Chairman, Petroleum Monitoring Taskforce, who doubles as the Chief of Staff to the State Governor, Kazeem Akinleye said, the taskforce noted that its surveillance across the state revealed that most filling stations are hoarding petrol products, thereby worsening the fuel supply situation in the state.

The Chairman posited that surveillance activities were conducted in major towns and the state capital in the last three days and that it revealed deliberate hoarding of fuel to create artificial scarcity.

The Taskforce consequently issues strong warning to affected filling stations which are already listed as direct culprits to open up their tanks and dispense fuel to the members of the public.

The statement further tasked marketers to be public spirited in their pricing of Petroleum products, reminding them of the already harsh economic situation on the members of the public.

“Failure to stop the fuel hoarding and take Humanitarian notice of prevailing economic situation in the country will lead to severe sanctions, the statement warned.