Petrol supply: Katsina lawmakers move motion to halt customs order in border towns
Honourable Sada Soli Jibia moved a motion on the need to halt the operations of the Nigeria customs service restricting the supply of petroleum products to towns within 20 kilometres of the Nigerian border and it was seconded by Hon. Bello Kaoje.
The operation is said to have been aimed at discouraging the smuggling of petroleum products outside Nigerian borders.
Hon. Soli stated that the inhabitants of these border towns are already feeling the brunt of the border closure, to now deny them petroleum products which will adversely affect hospitals, businesses, the supplementing of the source of epileptic power etc. without due consultation and enlightenment is most insensitive to the plight of these Nigerians.
He stated that being from Jibia in Katsina State which is also a border community; he has seen firsthand the adverse effects of this operation as the price of petroleum has skyrocketed beyond what is the reach of the common man.
He called on the House to call the customs service to order as the action is unconstitutional.
Hon. Abdullahi Abdulkadir stated that the decision of the Nigeria customs service is draconian and aimed at increasing the level of suffering of the people without consideration of the effects. He called on the Nigeria customs to reverse the decision.
Hon. Fatuhu Mohammed stated that the people in his constituency in Daura of Katsina State are suffering immeasurably and the Nigeria customs service should be sensitive to them as Nigerians and reverse the policy.
Hon. Mohammed Umar decried the uncontrollable increase of petroleum products prices in these regions and called on the House to come to the aid of Nigerians who are suffering.
The motion was then voted on and adopted.