The sale of petroleum products in jerrycans throughout the 23 Local Government Areas has today April 5th been banned by the Kaduna State Security Council.
Residents of the state have been urged to help uphold and enforce the Kaduna State Petroleum Products (Anti-Hoarding and Adulteration) Law of 1992, which empowers a task force to ensure that petrol is sold in a safe manner, and imposes a financial penalty on violators.
The Council in a statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, based its decision on legal and security considerations, compounded by the environmental hazard petroleum products in jerrycans can cause.
While identifying the difficulties imposed by the current petrol scarcity, the Council appealed to citizens to remain patient. It assured the public that the state government is working with the NNPC and other agencies to reduce the hardship associated with the shortages of petroleum products.
The Council also pointed out that the unsafe handling of petroleum products during periods like this has been associated with fires, destruction and fatal consequences for innocent victims.
Those engaged in sabotage and illegal sale of petroleum products in the State to desist with immediate effect were also warned by the council.
The Security Council also directed the arrest and prosecution of any one found violating the ban, and the outright confiscation of any petroleum products found in their possession.
Meanwhile, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has exonerated the federal government of any blames associated with the current lingering fuel shortages across the country, clarifying that Nigerians should rather blame the prolonged leadership crisis that had rocked the association as the cause of the crises.
IPMAN also said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, should not be held responsible for petrol scarcity as their nearly two years of fighting over leadership positions in the association had contributed maximally in the current petroleum product scarcity.