As scarcity of petroleum continues biting harder in Bauchi State, the state government says it will sanction any petroleum marketer found creating artificial scarcity in the state.
The state governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Nuhu Gidado gave the warning yesterday when he paid an unscheduled visit to some filling stations in the state capital, following the closure of most filling stations in the state by the marketers.
He expressed dismay over the unnecessary hardship being created to the private and commercial vehicle owners and warned that any filling station found indulging in the act will be sanctioned by the state government.
Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar said his administration would not take it lightly with anyone found sabotaging the good policies and programmes of the state and federal governments aimed at alleviating the sufferings of their teaming populace.
During the, visit the Governor directed the state chairman of servicom, Alhaji Bala Ahmed to ensure compliance and routing monitoring of petrol filling stations in the metropolis to ensure that the product are not hoard.
In their separate responses, the area manager North East of the Total Oil, Mr. Jimoh Jafaru, the sales representative of NNPC Mega Station Bauchi, Rabiu Maijama’a and the manager Forte oil, Yakubu Antiga had informed the Deputy Governor of their readiness to co-operate with the state and federal government directives.
In an interview with the state Secretary Task Force on petroleum products Pricing Committee, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu Idris said the allegation that some independent petroleum marketers were hoarding the product in the state was not true.
He added that whenever the major independent marketer fail to get enough supply of the petroleum products from depots, state independent marketers would have nowhere to buy the products rather than to close their petrol filling stations for the meantime.
Bauchi has been witnessing fuel scarcity for the past four days as gallon of petrol in black market now cost between N750 and N800 instead of the former price of N400.

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