- The House of Representatives has said that the federal government's ban on the supply of petrol to border communities will deepen the hardship of Nigerians
- The position was put forward by Sada Soli, who said that the decision contravenes the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS's) excise acts
- Soli, supported by other lawmakers, therefore called on the NCS to call off the ban
The House of Representatives has reacted to the ban on the supply of petroleum products to border communities issued by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The House called on the NCS to call off the ban on the grounds that the decision has led to much hardship to not just those communities but also to other Nigerians, Channels TV reports.
The position of the lower chamber was spearheaded by Sada Soli, who said that the ban violates the provisions of the NCS' excise act.
Other lawmakers, in support of Soli, said that the ban will only worsen the predicament of neighbouring communities and fellow citizens.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in adherence to the order of the federal government, Nigeria's oil and gas regulator, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), had put on hold indefinitely the applications for approval to construct and licence to operate filling stations near border areas of the country.
The DPR, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Paul Osu, said that the decision was in keeping with the federal government's plan to put an end to the smuggling petroleum products into Nigeria.
Concerning the order, Osu said that by this notice all depots and petroleum products suppliers are to immediately suspend supplies to these locations indefinitely.
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