- Some petroleum marketers in the country have threatened to shut down operations over low sales following the lockdown in some states
- Fuel stations say they may be forced to shut down operations in a bid to minimise their running cost
- The petrol stations note that the sit-at-home directive which has affected the movement of vehicles is a major reason for the low patronage
Petroleum marketers in the country have threatened to shut down operation over low sales following the lockdown in some states in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered a total lockdown on three major cities; Abuja, Lagos and Ogun to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, some fuel stations said due to the very low level of patronage they may be forced to shut down operations in a bid to minimize their running cost, The Sun report.
They said the low level of patronage does not in any way justify their resumption of duty.
The fuel stations lamented that the sit-at-home directive which has affected the movement of vehicles was a major reason for the low patronage because both private and commercial vehicles are all grounded at home.
Meanwhile, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, tourism and culture, has disclosed that the federal government has not received any money from private donors over coronavirus.
The minister made the disclosure on Friday, April 3, in Abuja during the presidential task force briefing on Covid-19, NAN reports.
Lai said the only money the presidential task force on coronavirus received is the one given by the government.
“What we need now are equipment and bed facilities where those who have tested positive can be admitted because we do not want a situation where there will be no bed space," the minister further said.
Mohammed also berated those people calling for the task force to be replaced by eminent Nigerians. According to the minister, such call is ill-timed considering the sad reality of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
He further added that the Nigeria Economy Group-led private sector has said it is not going to give a penny to the task force and that it will only raise the money and provide the needs of the presidential task force group.
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