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Fuel queues appear in Osun after President Tinubu’s inaugural speech

Fuel queues appear in Osun after President Tinubu’s inaugural speech

Following the announcement that “subsidy is gone”, during the inaugural speech of President Bola Tinubu on Monday, filling stations in Osun State have started witnessing long queues.

However, most of the filling stations in Osogbo, the State capital decided to stop selling Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol after the speech.

Few of the filling stations that are selling to motorists had very long queues.

This, has subsequently led to increase in transport fare within the state as the commercial drivers were given excuses that they queued for a long period of time in the filling stations.

Commercial drivers also complained about increase in fuel pump price as well commuters as a result of the price which has soared to N300.

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Meanwhile, the State Government has warned that any petroleum marketer caught hoarding fuel as a result of the pronouncement of President Bola Tinubu in his inaugural speech will be dealt with decisively.

The Government gave the warning in a statement issued by Mallam Olawale Rasheed, the Governor’s Spokesperson, which was made available to newsmen on Tuesday.

The Statement reads: “The attention of the Osun State Government has been drawn to the deliberate hoarding of PMS by the fuel dealers within the State as a result of the statement from the Inaugural Speech of the new President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the removal of fuel subsidy, thereby causing unnecessary hardship for the people in the State.

“This deliberate action is not only inhumane but unpatriotic and will not be allowed by the government. To this end, the Special Monitoring Team on fuel scarcity set up by His Excellency, Governor Ademola Adeleke headed by the Chief of Staff, Hon Kazeem Akinleye is still effective and shall not condone any form of economic sabotage.

“As from today, May 30, 2023, the Committee shall begin special monitoring of all the filling stations across the state in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.

“Any fuel station found guilty of hoarding fuel to create artificial scarcity shall be sealed off and operators prosecuted for crime of economic sabotage,” the statement concluded.