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Niger govt to end arbitrary pricing, scarcity of petroleum products

NNPC filling station (file photo)


.To deal with ailing marketers


By Mohammed Bello


Niger State government has threatened to sanction any filling station that fails to dispense its allocation and/or selling above the federal government’s approved pump prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and other petroleum products.

Consequently, the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has ordered the setting up of a committee to unravail the cause of the scarcity of petroleum products and proffer immediate long lasting solution.

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This is coming against the backdrop of persistent scarcity of fuel and other petroleum products being experienced in parts of the state.

Besides, a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, explained that the Committee was to among others ensure strict compliance with the approved allocation of products to filling stations and as well retail prices for fuel.

Also, the state government decried the sufferings of citizenry, whom it stated, often short-changed by the dealers who hoard the products and sell to black marketers.

It warned that it would nolonger condone the persistent scarcity and the inherent difficulties caused by the artificial scarcity and arbitrary pricing of PMS in the state.

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