By Wilson Adekumola
The Governor Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has ordered all the filling stations selling Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol, above usual price in the state to revert to the fixed price or face stern sanction.
Gov Diri who also directed oil marketers in the state against hoarding and price hike on Tuesday, warned that his administration will decisively dealt with any filling station that flouted the directive.
While wondering why oil marketers in the state should immediately seek to make excessive profit at the detriment of the people following a pronouncement that had not taken effect, Diri directed the Ministry of Mineral Resources and the petroleum task force in the state to shut down any filling station hoarding the product or caught selling above the usual price.
Reports revealed that filling stations in Yenagoa, the state capital had immediately shut down after the pronouncement and later at night started dispensing at N400 per litre.
The Governor said, “The government had received reports that filling stations in the state capital had hiked the pump price of petrol above the usual price of between N193 and N250 per litre and now being sold at N500 per litre and above.
Marketers in the state are said to have reacted to the pronouncement of President Bola Tinubu during his inauguration on Monday that the Federal Government subsidy on petrol “was gone.”
The Presidency, however, quickly issued a clarification statement on Tuesday that the removal of the subsidy had yet to take effect.
He observed that hat the pump price of petrol would invariably affected the cost of goods and services in the country and that his administration would not allow the people of Bayelsa to suffer undue hardship from the profiteering activities of greedy businessmen.
He said, “I have directed the relevant ministry and the state’s task force on petroleum to ensure that all filling stations sell petrol within the usual price range.
“I have equally directed that any filling station that flouts this directive or fails to revert to the usual price be shut down. We will take further stern measures against any station that defaults.
“This directive takes immediate effect.”