The Federal Government has relaxed the ban placed on the supply of petroleum products to border communities across the nation.
Recall that on November 6, 2019, the Federal government task force on land border closure, headed by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, had banned petroleum products from being discharged in any filling station within 20 kilometres to the border.
However, about four months into the ban, the Federal Government decided to relax to ban by granting waivers to about 66 filling stations to lift and supply Petroleum products in the areas.
Accordingly, a circular was released to that effect on March 18 and signed by the Comptroller, (Enforcement HQ), Dimka V. D. and sent to concerned Zonal Coordinators, Area Controllers, Comptrollers Marine Comnands in Ogun, Kwara, Katsina, Akwa-Ibom, Kebi, Lagos, Kano/Jigawa, Oyo/Osun, Kebbi, Niger/Kogi, Sokoto/Zamfara and Cross River.
The circular reads: “This is to notify you that the NSA, through the Comptroller-General has graciously approved waivers for 66 filling stations located within the border communities to list and supply petroleum products.
“Consequently, you are to liaise with Sector Commanders/Coordinators (Ex Swift Response) to ensure that the products are not diverted from their intended destinations.”