From Ayodele Ajoge, Birnin-Kebbi
Kebbi State Government has appealed to the Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) towards reducing the hardship faced by citizens due to fuel scarcity across the state.
In a press statement made available to news men by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Idris stated that long ques has surfaced in filling stations especially in the state capital as many of the stations are under lock and key.
Concerned by the ugly trend, the state government under the state’s Commissioners for Commece, Alhaji Usman Abubakar-Ladan and Information, Alhaji Yakubu Ahmed-BK summoned a meeting on Monday to deliberate on ways to bring immediate solution to the menace.
IPMAN executives in the state alongside other key stakeholders attended the meeting where issues surrounding the cause of fuel scarcity in the state were discussed and possible solutions were also offered.
Speaking in separate interviews shortly after the meeting, the two commissioners said Gov. Nasir Idris was highly disturbed by the situation in Birnin Kebbi, hence the decision to call for immediate reverse of the trend.
Abubakar-Ladan said government observed with dismay the current fuel situation especially in Birnin Kebbi, adding that the meeting was successful as it deliberated on a number of issues and the way forward.
On his part, Information Commissioner said the essence of the meeting was to bring succour to the people, saying: “Any hardship like this one borders government a lot.
The commissioner appealed to the people of Birnin Kebbi and its environs to be patient and remain calm, insisting that the meeting held with IPMAN was a testimony that government was seriously concerned about their plights and it was taking measures to address them.
The Chairman, IPMAN in Kebbi, Alhaji Buhari Aliyu-Koko commended the state government for it foresight in organising the meeting, adding that by the meeting, government now understood where exactly the problem lies.
Aliyu-Koko assured that IPMAN was fully ready to give the state government all the necessary support and cooperation to ameliorate the suffering of people across the state.