In a bid to lessen the burden of fuel scarcity on residents at this time, the Oyo State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, have vowed to arrest filling station owners, who are taking undue advantage of the artificial scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called Petroleum to hike the price of the product thereby worsening the current situation in the state.
The State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr. Adaralewa Michael Akintayo disclosed this on, Friday, 25th of February, 2022, while addressing the anti-vandalism officers deployed to monitor some filling stations, who were dispensing a litre of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) above the recommended pump price.
The State Commandant said this is in line with directive of Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi mni, the Commandant General, to all State Commandants to deploy personnel mostly Anti-Vandalism Squad to filling stations to maintain orderliness, monitor compliance with government approved rates as well as stop visible and perceived sharp practices observed during supervision and monitoring of filling stations .
He noted that the Anti Vandalism Squad, will visit filling stations in Oyo state, to monitor the compliance of sale of the commodity at the approved price, while cautioning against hiking the price and ensuring that the product is sold to motorists, instead of hoarding it.
However, some Ibadan residents who spoke with our correspondent complained of not seeing the effect of the NSCDC’s warning to filling stations, as many still find it difficult to buy fuel, while many narrate their ordeals on long queues to get fuel after long hours of waiting, even at unrecommended prices.