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Reps ask Nigerian govt to lift ban on sale of fuel at border communities

The House of Representatives has frowned at the decision of the Federal Government to ban sales of petrol in areas close to the country borders.

The lawmakers urged the government to lift the ban.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Col. Hameed Ali (retd), had last week directed that no petroleum products should be supplied to any filling station within 20 kilometres to the borders.

But a member of the House, Sada Soli, at the Tuesday’s plenary, moved a motion of urgent national importance and demanded that the order be vacated.

He argued that the customs chief’s directive contravened the provisions of the Customs and Excise Act.

He said: “This is not acceptable! Review this directive with a human face.”

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Many of the lawmakers supported the motion and criticised the policy.

According to them, the directive will increase the hardship faced by people living in border communities.

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