The Kaduna State Security Council has unanimously agreed to ban the sale of petroleum products in jerrycans throughout the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
A statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan today April 5th, says the Council based its decision on legal and security considerations, compounded by the environmental hazard petroleum products in jerrycans can cause.
Noting the difficulties imposed by the current petrol scarcity, the Council appealed to citizens to remain patient. It assured the public that the state government is working with the NNPC and other agencies to reduce the hardship associated with the shortages of petroleum products. Council also observed that the unsafe handling of petroleum products during periods like this has been associated with fires, destruction and fatal consequences for innocent victims.
The Council further warned those engaged in sabotage and illegal sale of petroleum products in the State to desist with immediate effect. The Security Council also directed the arrest and prosecution of any one found violating the ban, and the outright confiscation of any petroleum products found in their possession.”
Residents of the state are urged to help uphold and enforce the Kaduna State Petroleum Products (Anti-Hoarding and Adulteration) Law of 1992 This law empowers a task force to ensure that petrol is sold in a safe manner, and imposes a financial penalty on violators.