Scarcity: Kwara assembly wants monitoring of petroleum products sale in border communities

 Kwara House of Assembly on Thursday  urged the State government to liaise with relevant Federal Government agencies to monitor distribution and sale of petroleum products in border Communities of Baruten Local Government Area of the state.

This was part of the resolution of the house after considering a motion entitled: “Urgent Need for Review of Federal Government Policy on Transportation and Sales of Petroleum Products in Border Communities.”

The motion, which enjoyed the support of all members at plenary, was sponsored by Mr Muhammed Baba-Salihu (APC- Okuta/Yashikira)

Leading the debate on the matter, Baba-Salihu expressed worry over what he described as scarcity of premium motor spirit, popularly known as petrol, in border communities of Baruten local government area.

According to him, the scarcity of petrol has paralysed social and economic activities of residents of the border communities.

The lawmaker added that the scarcity of petroleum products had led to inflation of prices of food items and other commodities in the affected areas.

The House Leader, Mr Olawoyin Abubakar-Magaji (APC-Ilorin Central) observed that the scarcity of petrol had crippled the economy of the area and the state and called for urgent intervention.

He said that those using the commodity to fend for themselves and their families were finding it difficult to do so due to the collapse of their businesses.

The Speaker, Mr Yakubu Danlad-Salihu, while reading the resolution of the house on the matter, urged the state government to liaise with relevant federal agencies in the state to address the situation.

The speaker pledged the assembly’s intervention toward easy access of petroleum products at the places affected by the 20 kilometer policy of federal government in the area, through  legislation.

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