Kwara Task Force begins filling station patrol to tackle fuel hoarding

The Kwara State Government Task Force took action on Monday by raiding several filling stations in Ilorin, urging them not to hoard fuel, which only adds to the suffering of the people.

The government stated that these raids were part of their efforts to tackle fuel scarcity in the state.

“The committee, established by His Excellency AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, aims to address the fuel shortage issue. As a responsible government, we cannot stand idly by. We must ensure that the majority of our people benefit from democracy,” said Prince Mahe Abdulkadir, leader of the task force and Chief of Staff Government House, during the operation.

“We have observed that major marketers are making efforts, as we have checked their reserves.”

Prince Abdulkadir appealed to the people to be patient and avoid panic buying.

“We urge the people of the state to remain patient and refrain from panic buying, as the federal government is not considering raising fuel prices. We will ensure that our people are treated fairly,” he added.

The inspected filling stations include Total Energies Post Office Area, Rainoil Filling Station Asa Dam, NNPC Gerin Alimi, Total Energies Surulere, NNPC Surulere, and MRS Filling Station Oja-Oba.

The Chief of Staff called on the management of filling stations across the state to organize their customers properly to maintain order.

Other team members included Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Muyideen Aliyu, Permanent Secretary General Services in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Abdulrahman Babatunde, Director of Commerce in the Ministry of Business Innovation and Technology Mr. Taiwo Adebisi, and security agents.

At Rainoil Filling Station Asa Dam, NNPC Gerin Alimi, and NNPC Surulere, the team confirmed that there was enough fuel in their reserves and encouraged them to continue selling in an orderly manner.

Some managers promised to avoid hoarding for the sake of the state’s well-being.

In response, some motorists in the queues appealed to the government to keep monitoring fuel sales to prevent hoarding and alleviate the hardship caused by fuel scarcity in the state.

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