By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has threatened to revoke Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) of any filling station that is found to be hoarding fuel in order to create artificial scarcity as well as selling above official rate.
He said that the government will collaborate with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to set up a joint task force that would ascertain filling stations’ compliance with laid down rules and regulations guiding their operations.
The Governor’s threat came at the heat of serious fuel scarcity bedevilling Sokoto town and environs that has lingered for over two weeks.
Speaking when he inspected sale of fuel at some filling stations in Sokoto on Sunday, Tambuwal said government will not fold its arms and watch unscrupulous marketers hold the people to ransom.
He observed that since the supply of fuel from the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) has not altered, no one was expected to create artificial scarcity to burden the people.
Accompanied by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Salihu Maidaji, the Governor urged all those hoarding fuel to quickly open their stations. “The committee will go round, and any filling station found hoarding fuel will face the full wrath of the law,” Tambuwal added.
He commended the management of one of the filling stations he visited, SAK Petroleum for discharging the commodity promptly and at official price.