July 13, 2024
Okwelle Central Filed by Okwelle Market Square Okwelle, Onuimo, Imo State
The supply of petrol to border communities will resume soon, the customs chief executive promises
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The supply of petrol to border communities will resume soon, the customs chief executive promises

Adewale Adeniyi, the acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has told border villages’ people that measures are being made to quickly restore the delivery of petroleum products there.
According to NAIJALOADED, the delivery of petroleum products to border communities was outlawed in 2019 by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.
Filling stations within 20 km of the borders were not permitted to receive or dispense petrol due to an order from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
The order was implemented as part of Operation Swift Response, which oversaw the Buhari administration’s closure of the land border with the intention of preventing the illegal bunkering of the then-subsidized fuel to neighbouring nations.
People who live in border regions have had a difficult time since 2019 because they must go 20 km to buy gasoline for their generators, especially given the unstable supply of electricity.

Communities around the border have been calling for a reassessment of the Buhari policy ever since President Bola Tinubu removed the fuel subsidy.
They contend that since the government no longer provides subsidies for petrol, the prohibition on gasoline distribution in border areas is no longer warranted.
The acting Comptroller General of Customs informed NAIJALOADED that the policy might be revisited in a matter of days during a recent visit to Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

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