Lawmaker representing Badagry Federal Constituency, Mr Babatunde Hunpe, has commended the Federal Government for the resumption of fuel supply around border communities.
Humpe told our source yesterday, in Lagos, that resumption of supply of petroleum products to filling stations at the affected border communities had further displayed that the current administration has a listening ear.
The lawmaker said that the resumption would alleviate the plight of his constituents that reside in Seme, Apa, Gbaji, Kweme, Owode and other border communities affected by the earlier suspension.
Recall that the Federal Government, on November 7, 2019, directed that petroleum products should no longer be supplied to filling stations within 20km of the borders.
The Customs Comptroller General, Col. Hammed Alli, Rtd, issued the memo suspending petroleum products to fuel stations around border communities.
He said that the directive became necessary because of the atrocities being committed at the border areas.
However, the Federal Government, on March 23, lifted the suspension on a total of 66 filling stations across the border communities of Nigeria, in order to ease fuel scarcity in the areas.
Humpe said that the suspension had affected the socio- economic lif of the border communities in the area, because most of them were not connected to the national grid.
“There are many communities within Seme, Owode, Apa Kweme and Apa that are not connected to national grid, their only means of electricity is generator.
“Also, we have residents that engage in grinding of pepper, dry cleaners, cafe operators and other businesses that require electricity.
“ All these businesses were grounded due to the suspension of fuel to border communities. Many of our youths are jobless and wandering aimlessly.
“Many of our people that came to buy petrol in Badagry in jerry can got their petrol seized by the security agents who thought that they were engaged in bunkering,” he said.
Hunpe said that it was as a result of this suffering that traditional rulers in Badagry West LCDA and other leaders wrote him as their representative to beg the government to allow nine filling stations with valid papers to lift the products.
“I worked on this letter and sent the list of filling stations picked at Seme and Owode-Apa to the Chairman, House Committe Petroleum Downstream for consideration and approval.
“The approval come from the Comptroller General of Custom on March 18.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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