THE fuel crisis in Ekiti State has taken a new turn as the state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has given petrol stations in Ekiti State 24 hour’s ultimatum to begin to sell fuel to the people or have the certificate of occupancy of their petrol stations revoked.
This threat was contained in a message in the social media by the special assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Mr Lere Olayinka, on Wednesday.
This was in apparent reaction to the withdrawal of services by the petrol dealers in the state, since last week Monday, which has created acute fuel supply in the state and nearly crippled the economy.
Earlier on Wednesday, an amalgamation of transport unions, had trooped to the streets, accusing the dealers of being allegedly propelled by the opposition.
The unions also issued 24 hours ultimatum to the oil dealers to return to work or face the wrath of Ekiti populace, whom they said were badly affected by the halt of fuel supply to the state.
Fuel marketers in the state had since Monday last week stopped selling fuel to motorists in compliance with the directives of the leadership of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) and Petrol Tanker Drivers (PTD), which ordered their members in Ekiti to stop bringing the product to the state.
The marketers embarked on indefinite strike over what they described as open victimization of members by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The drivers and artisans, who marched from Fajuyi area via Ojumose to old garage, claimed that they were the worst hit by the fuel stations’ closure, appealing to the recalcitrant oil marketers to refrain from being used by the opposition against Governor Ayodele Fayose.