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Lagos warns against fuel hoarding, indiscriminate parking

By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Gbenga Akanmu & Monsur Olowoopejo

LAGOS  — THE Lagos State government has said it will enforce traffic laws on recalcitrant drivers who cause traffic along  highways while queuing for fuel at petrol filling stations across the state.

The state government has, however, appealed to the general public not to engage in panic buying and storage of fuel in their homes.

Relatively, the Lagos State House of Assembly has faulted the Federal Government’s decision to deregulate the oil sector and called Governor Babatunde Fashola to enforce compliance with the current pump price for petrol by marketers in the state.

Commissioners for Information and Strategy, Mr.Opeyemi Bamidele and Transportation, Prof. Bamidele Badejo disclosed this at Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday.

According to Badejo, “it is, therefore, imperative for this ministry to take actions and maintain orderliness along major highways where petrol stations are situated in other to reduce the man-hour loss by Lagosians.”

He said the state observed that the emergency of long queues of vehicles waiting in and around to buy fuel at petrol stations had caused traffic gridlocks, hold-ups and discomfort to motorist and Lagosians.

Badejo warned motorist parking indiscriminately on high ways as a result of fuel shortage in the state to desist from the act or face the wrath of law.

On his own part, Bamidele said storage of fuel in plastic containers and other materials or in any form could be extremely dangerous in this time of the year.

According to him, “storing petrol in cars, work place or more importantly at homes presents a potential hazard,” explaining that fuel give off vapour which is extremely flammable and must be treated with the utmost care.”

In a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance, Sanai Agunbiade of the Lagos State House of Assembly,  lamented that long queues had returned to filling stations across the state because owners of filling stations had refused to sell fuel giving room for exploitation of Lagosians by touts.

He posited that the primary reason for the chaotic fuel situation in parts of the country, was the attempt by the federal government led by the PDP to deregulate the downstream of the petroleum industry and greedy  marketers were now hoarding the product with the hope of making more profits. …as Assembly faults deregulation


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