The Lagos State Assembly yesterday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to, as a matter of urgency, direct the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure the adequate supply and pricing of petroleum products, particularly kerosene, across the country.
In a motion during its plenary session, moved by one of the members, Rotimi Olowo, representing Shomolu Constituency I, the House noted that it was high time the federal government found a lasting solution to the recent troubles associated with the product in the country.
He said: “It is very sad and pathetic that a country that produces fuel cannot provide enough kerosene for its citizenry, and this has caused a lot of health hazards to people as some of them have resorted to the use of coal to prepare meals. The fuel that is supposed to serve people is being exported abroad at the expense of the masses, and, if we cannot cater for the needs of people, what is the essence of the government because the 1999 constitution stipulates that the government should provide for the welfare of the entire citizenry.”
While making his contribution, Ipoola Omisore (Ifako-Ijaye II) said it would amount to aggravating the people’s suffering if the House should wait for the federal government’s intervention on the recent hike in kerosene price before the state government found ways of alleviating the problem confronting people of Lagos State.
“If we wait for the government at the federal level to curb the situation, things may go out of hand. I therefore want us to call on our governor Babatunde Fashola to find a lasting solution to the hike in kerosene price in Lagos so as to make life bearable for the citizens because he (governor) can ensure the petroleum product is bought in large quantities and made available to the people at a bearable price,” he said.
On his part, Dayo Fafunmi (Ifako-Ijaye I) advised the government to empower the task force to search every nook and cranny of the state to shut down any filling station that inflated the price of kerosene to serve as deterrent to others.