From Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
Members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly have expressed great concern over the sale of petroleum products above government-approved prices in the state, particularly in Bauchi metropolis.
THISDAY checks reports that the sale of petroleum products by most filling stations in the metropolis above government-approved prices is causing untold hardship to the people of the state especially the common man.
The member, representing Lere/Bula constituency, Hon Ilyasu Ibrahim Zwal, who moved the motion yesterday under matters of urgent public importance at the preliminary session of the House, expressed disappointment that most filling stations were ‘’selling their products far higher than the approved government prices’’.
He noted that with the resolution raised by the federal government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) that the prices of petroleum products should sell at N97 per litre, the reverse was the case in most filing stations in the state.
The legislator observed that the filing stations sell between N110- N140 per litre contrary to government approved price saying that urgent steps must be taken to reverse the situation in the interest of the common man as well as control market forces.
In his contribution, the member representing Sade constituency, Hon Abdulkadir Mohammed Wahu observed with dismay the lukewarm attitude of most filing stations for violating the agreement between the Federal government and the labour unions, and called on the House to look into the issue with view to instilling sanity in the activity of the stations.
Also in his contribution, Hon Garba Babale representing Hardawa constituency said the increase of petroleum products by filing stations against government approved prices has led to hike in prices of essential commodities in the markets.
After extensive deliberations on the issue, the Legislative Assembly presided over by the Speaker, Hon Yahaya Mohammed Miya unanimously adopted the motion and referred the matter to Commerce and Industry Committee to investigate the issue and report to the House next week.