Reps ask Customs to lift ban on petrol sale to border communities

House of Reps Credit: TVC News

The House of Representatives has asked the Nigeria Customs Service to lift the suspension order on the supply of petroleum product to filling stations located 20 kilometres from the border.

The House said that the directive violates the Customs and Excise Act, adding that only the Department of Petroleum Resources has the power to issue such order or directive.

Hon. Sada Soli (APC, Katsina) said that the over 2000 border communities are already suffering from the border closure by the Federal government and the ban will further inflict further hardship on the people.

Soli added that the argument that the ban is meant to stop smuggling cannot be justified, he therefore called for the issue to be look with a human face.

Hon. Hassan Abdullahi from Kogi state who endorsed the call to lift the ban described it as “very draconian”.

He added that “Many Nigerians are suffering from this directive and it is very absurd that an agency of government can add to the difficulty of Nigerians after shutting the boarder.”

Recall that the Comptroller General of Customs, Hammed Ali had directed that petroleum products should not be supplied to filling stations within 20 kilometres of the borders.

The Customs boss gave the directive in a memo dated November 6

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