The Edo State government has opened inquiry into the worsening fuel scarcity and hike in pump price that have set residents of the State on edge since the last few weeks.
Recall that residents of the State led by members of Civil society’s embarked on peaceful protest, against the crisis that shut down schools and grounded businesses in Benin Metropolis on Monday.
Addressing journalists on the development on Tuesday, the State Commissioner for Mining and Energy, Ethan Uzamere, assured that drastic action would be taken to arrest the situation.
He declared that a total of 784,000 litres of Premium Motor spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol, which was received by the State, will be adequately sharp practices.
He also stated that the State government will ensure that petrol is sold at the federal government approved pump price.
According to Uzamere, “The government has heard the cry of the people and is taking steps to ensure the availability of PMS”.
The Commissioner revealed that “a task-force will be set up to ensure more PMS and safety of the filling stations”.
He noted that names of members of the task force on monitoring Committee of PMS will be made public in due time.
On his part, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media Projects, clarified on the sentiments expressed by some Nigerians over the influence of non-actors in oil and gas industry in the State.
He assured that membership of the Committee will be made up of the private sector, Civil society groups, government representatives, media and marketers.
He also noted that the Government will not hesitate to wield the big stick against saboteurs who may want to constitute clog on the wheel of progress.