House demands review of fuel supply ban to border communities

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja


The Nigerian House of Representatives has urged the country’s Customs Service to review its ban on the supply of petroleum products to border communities, as it contravenes the Customs Act.

The resolution was contained in a motion adopted under matters of urgent public importance, sponsored by Alh. Sada Soli from Katsina State, who noted that the directive of the Comptroller General of Customs is also inflicting untold hardship for people living in border towns.

Alh. Soli,decried: “The directive has further increased the suffering of Nigerians living in the border areas who are already feeling the impact of the continuous border closure more than the rest of the country.”

He expressed concerns that despite the ban, no alternative provision has been made to cater for the needs of the border communities.

The lawmaker also noted: “Due to the epileptic power supply in the country, people in the area rely heavily on petrol for running hospitals, businesses and other livelihoods.”

The House in adopting the motion mandated the Committees on Interior, Customs and Excise, Petroleum Downstream to engage with the Minister of state for Petroleum, the Comptroller General of Customs Service and the GMD of the NNPC.