House of Reps slams ban on petrol sale at border communities

The House of Reps on Tuesday, November 12, implored the Federal Government; to suspend the ban on the sales of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) within 20km to the country’s borders.

The ban had been initiated by the Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday.

Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), the Customs Comptroller-General had directed that; no petroleum products should be supplied to any filling station within 20 kilometres to the borders.

A House of Reps member, Sada Soli, moved a motion of urgent national importance at the plenary; asking that the order by the NCS should be vacated.

According to him, the order by the customs boss contravenes the provisions of the Customs and Excise Act.

Soli argued that the filling stations asked not to sell petrol close to the borders; were situated and constructed in compliance with relevant laws.

“This is not acceptable! Review this directive with a human face,” he stated.

Several lawmakers who seconded the motion; criticised the policy while lamenting the hardships being faced by people living in border communities.

1st News had reported that residents of border communities in Ogun, Lagos, Adamawa, Katsina and Sokoto states are groaning following the suspension of fuel supply to areas.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the House of Reps, Benjamin Kalu; says there is no crack among the members of the House of Representatives.

In a statement on Sunday in Abuja; Kalu urged the public to ignore reports in the media suggesting there is division in the house.

He said that the house led by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila had no division either among the principal officers or the membership and the leadership.

“It is important to note that comparatively, since the Fifth Republic; the 9th Assembly remains the most united house.

“Members are motivated by the leadership culture and style of the speaker which have been selfless.”

Ng daily

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