A petrol station
By Toba Suleiman
The Ekiti State Government Petroleum Task Force has pegged the official pump price of petroleum products at N105 per litre in the state.
The Chairman of the Task Force, Mr. Akindele Ogunbiyi, also threatened that the state government would henceforth impose heavy fine on any station that sells the product above N105 per litre.
The chairman, who visited some filling stations, sealed off seven in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, for allegedly selling between N120 and N130 in the state.
He accused the affected stations of extorting members of the public, as well as hoarding the products and tampering with the metres.
Some of the affected service stations are, Adekaitan , Amsek, Olawuwo, Adehun filling stations among others.
Ogungbuyi frowned that it was callous and irresponsible for the owners of these filling stations to be selling a litre as high as N130, when other stations in Ondo and Kogi States are selling between N97 and N105.
He accused the petrol dealers in Ekiti of allegedly creating artificial scarcity in the state to extort and punish the citizens.
According to him, government would not fold its arms and allow the dealers to punish the people because of their profiteering tendencies, assuring that the state government would fight hard to curtail all these unwholesome practices.
Also, the State Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress , Mr Ade Obatoye, who led the labour delegation that accompanied the task force to all the stations, said the workers were the worst hit in the ongoing petrol scarcity in the state.
Obatoye urged the state government to be tenacious in curbing the sharp practices among petrol dealers to cushion its effects on the citizens.
“If Kogi and Ondo States are selling for N105 per litre, why should Ekiti be different?” the NLC leader queried.