Covid -19 lockdown; DPR warns petroleum marketers against hoarding, selling above official pump price
By Madu Mohammed. Maiduguri
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned pettoluem marketers in Borno and Yobe states not to take advantage of Covid 19 lockdown to hoard or sell petroleum above Government approved pump price, any fuel station found wanting will severely sanctioned..
The Zonal Operations Controller, Northeast, Ibrahim Ciroma while addressing newsmen at the DPR office Maiduguri on yesterday shortly monitored some fuel stations said ” any marketer who took the advantage of COVID 19 virus lockdown to hoard or sell petroleum above government approved pump price will be severely sanctioned”
” we have deployed our staff across the state to monitor the fuel stations and any fuel station found selling above the pump price or boarding the fuel will risk revocation of his licence. I urge general public not to panic, as We have over 1 million litres on ground”, he further stated.
On the issue of long queues in the state capital, Alhaji Ciroma said “we received only 3 trucks last Friday, 4 trucks on Saturday., no supply on Sunday, 3 on Monday 9 on Tuesday and Wednesday 23 trucks to Borno and Yobe states. You can see supply is now improving and very soon we have enough fuel now. We are also expecting over 100 trucks including 10 trucks intervention supply from Gombe Depot today”, he said
The Zonal Controller said ” I call on the general public to always contact us If they found any fuel station hiardung or selling petroleum above pump through there numbers 08056497084, 08056497095 and 08056497092. If they call these number and we will respond immediately even if its in the night. We will be there ”
Similarly, in his efforts to ensure petroleum marketers did not take the advantage of the Covid -19 lockdown to create artificial scarcity Governor Babagana Zulum went round some fuel stations where he force some fuel stations to sell and ordered the revocation of the Right of Occupancy of sone station he accused of hoarding petroleum resources..
The Borno state government in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) has the temporary revocation of Right of Occupancy of 10 fuel stations over an alleged hording of fuel.
The statement said “the Borno State government has observed with dismay that some fuel stations operating within state capital do not dispense petroleum products in accordance with the Federal Government regulations. The fuel stations also engaged in economic sabortage by hoarding petroleum products and selling them above the aporoved price.”
The statement therefore, stated that the Right of Occoancy of the 10 fuel stations that allegedly found engaging in hoarding the petroleum have been temporarily withdrawn pending the revocation processes.
This action of these fuel stations and their owners and operators are condemnable as they deliberately take advantage of Covid-19 pandemic to create untold hardship om general public.”, the statement added.
Reacting on the Borno state government decision to temporary withdrew right of Ocupancy of 10 fuel stations, the DOR Zonal operations Controller, Ibrahim Ciroma said there was a communication gap between the state government, DPR and the marketers because there was what we call dead stock which is between 300 to 1000 litres, while the other four fuel stations were having fuel meant for the military operations. Even the day the incident occurred the military officials were in my office and I told them that they need DPR approval to stock these quantity if feul. Which they went to write officially.
Also reacting, the chairman of the IPMAN Borno state, Alhaji Mohammed Kulwu Ngala said ” we constituted a committee to monitor the activities of our members to ensure nobody hoard fuel, we went round and did not found any, member wanting but what the governor found was what we called dead stock which cannot be Despenser because it will not be pump out, while the other fuel stations were stocking military fuel”.
We urge the Federal Government to always carry us along while trying to adjust petroleum pump price upward or downward so that we will know how to mitigate our loses”, he added.
The IPMAN chairman urged the general public not to panic as they have about 100 trucks coming to Maiduguri and that the scarcity was a result number of stock they received in the last one week.
Gov. Buni Caution Community leaders against Rape Cases
Gov. Buni Caution Community leaders against Rape Cases
By Daily Hint
His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, today cautioned community leaders in the state to be watchful and report any case of rape in their domains to the appropriate authorities.
The governor said government will fully apply the state laws on rape which stipulates life imprisonment for rape cases involving minors and where the victim is an adult, the culprit shall be jailed upto a term of twenty-five years.
Governor Buni charged the police and judiciary to conduct adequate investigations and expedite action on the judicial process and procedures.
The Governor warned that government will not tolerate any abuse deliberately caused by reckless persons who have no control over themselves.
“The full wrath of the law will be applied on anyone who is proven to have committed rape in the state” he warned.
The state law against rape, kidnapping and unnatural offences which was signed in 2018 provides life imprisonment for rape against minors and up to 25 years imprisonment for raping adults.
The law also stated that whoever commits the offence of kidnapping shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment of not less than fourteen (14) years.
Gov. Buni; A Silent Achiever With Lean Resources
Gov. Buni; A silent Achiever With Lean Resources
By Haruna Yusuf
Despite Yobe’s prudent management of funds, His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Gov of Yobe state, Spoke through his Director of press Mamman Mohammed said none of the projects that the governor inherited from the past administration or initiated have stopped since his assumption of office one year ago. His words: “Actually, all projects initiated or taken over by this administration are seeing the light of the day in terms of completion. One key project that I want you to note is the airport.
You are aware that this is a multi billion naira project initiated by the previous administration and as we talk now , we are expected to witness the first test landing at the runway which is a sign that the project is nearing completion. It’s a very capital intensive project running into billions of naira but this administration is completing the project.
“Again, if you look at the road project, this administration inherited some road projects that were initiated by the previous administration, like the Damaturu/Kallawan airport road dualization, 4km Damaturu/Potiskum road dualization and many others.
“One thing you should note is that none of the projects either initiated or inherited by this administration is suffering due to the prudent management of the state resources by Governor Mai Mala Buni.
“The governor had also announced that he will expand or build new primary healthcare centers in the 178 political wards in the state.
As we speak now, 53 have been completed and we still have three years to go in the administration. If we can do this in the first year, you can imagine what will happen in the next three years running.
“You remember the moribund factories in the state; the Aluminum, the Woven sacks and the Floor Mills which were abandoned for over ten years but this administration has revived them by investing resources in them and today all are producing at optimal capacity generating revenue to the state coffers and providing employment opportunities for the youth of the state.
“In the area of Education, the administration has also constructed seven model primary schools across the state. Five of such schools have been completed and the remaining two are 90 percent completed. Each of the schools is made up of a story build with 30 standardized class rooms.
These are project that is aimed to improve the standard of education in the state. Over three thousand Teachers were trained and retrained, about ten thousand teachers has been promoted.
“You can see that this administration has identified very key areas that have touched the lives of the people of the state positively. But to be direct, Governor Mai Mala Buni has never stopped any project as result of any financial problem.”
Adamawa Apc Warn Members against Accepting PDP Appointment
Adamawa APC warn members against accepting PDP appointment
By Baba Yakubu Yola
The Adamawa Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned its members against accepting appointment from Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri led government of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
A statement on Wednesday by the State Publicity Secretary of APC, Mohammed Abdullahi, said according to the party constitution, anyone who accepted such appointment ceased to be members of APC.
Abdullahi said APC was observing the sustained fruitless effort by PDP in the state to cause disunity among its members.
“We refer to the recent appointments released by the PDP Government in the State that featured the names of some members of our Great Party and wish to draw the attention of the appointees to Article 9.5 of the APC Constitution which states that, any Party Member that accepts a political appointment from any political party or opposition Government ceases to be a member of APC.
“While we commend the loyalty and faithfulness of our Party members who rejected the appointments offered to them by the PDP Government, all those who accept the appointments will have their names removed from the Party Register.
“In conclusion, the APC is keenly watching the PDP government s fruitless efforts in trying to cause commotion and disunity within the APC family. This attempt has failed and will ever fail,” Abdullahi said.
He urged members of the party to remain resolute and focused on supporting the Buhari Administration as the party further unite to take over power in Adamawa State in 2023.
Meanwhile, one of the party chieftains given appointment by Gov. Fintiri as Special Assistant, Mrs Anna Sini has rejected the appointment.
Sini in a letter to APC said she declined the appointment as a loyal party member.
“I am assuring my party that, I remain loyal and committed APC member,” Sini who was an APC Senatorial Aspirant for Adamawa North District said in the letter.
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