Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the owners of petrol stations in Ekiti State to resume the sale of petroleum or face government’s wrath.
The governor threatened to revoke the Certificates of Occupancy of any petrol station that refused to resume the sale of petrol at the expiration of the ultimatum.
Fayose stated this in a terse message made available by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
“Governor Fayose has given the owners of petrol stations in Ekiti State a 24-hour ultimatum to begin to sell fuel to the people or have the Certificates of Occupancy of their petrol stations revoked,” the statement said.
Also, the amalgamation of transport unions in Ekiti State on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti staged a protest against the non-supply of petrol to Ekiti State.
They issued a 24-hour ultimatum to fuel marketers to resume the sale of petrol in the state or face the wrath of Ekiti people, whom they said were badly affected by the situation.
There had been no sale of petrol in Ekiti since last week owing to the face-off between fuel marketers and the state government.
Some youths under the aegis of Ekiti Youth Artisans Coalition had protested on Tuesday, demanding the relocation of some petrol stations out of the state since they had refused to sell petrol to the people.
They attacked some petrol stations in Dalimore and Adebayo areas of the state capital to express their anger against marketers and vowed to continue with the mass protest.
The state government recently demolished some filling stations under construction near residential and school premises, saying they constituted great danger to lives and property.
This led to a face-off between the government and the fuel marketers.
The drivers and artisans, who on Wednesday, marched from Fajuyi to Old Garage, claimed that they were the most affected by the closure of the fuel stations, appealing to the oil marketers to refrain from being used by the opposition.
They were led by the Chairmen of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Clement Adekola, and his counterpart in the Lorry and Pick-up Transport Association of Nigeria, Adekunle Atowoju.
Adekola said, “We are for peace in Ekiti and the only way to sustain peace is for all of us to work with the government of the day. Let the oil marketers discuss with the government and if they can’t do it alone, they should contact other unions for speedy arbitration.”
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