The Plateau State Government has directed its task force to shut down, and if necessary auction filling stations that hoard petrol.
In recent times, cases of hoarding of fuel to create artificial scarcity and sell at higher prices have been reported in the state.
The state government has argued that despite enough supply, the filling stations are out to fill their pockets at the expense of endless queues and possible crippling of economic activities in the state.
It has now directed its task force to ensure that this stops.
Speaking on the development, Danladi Atu, Secretary to the State Government said this:
“Government has observed with great concern the activities of some filling stations hoarding petroleum products with a view of creating artificial scarcity, thereby causing untold hardship on commuters and other users of the product.
“Consequent upon this, the government has mandated the Management Committee on Road Traffic Administration and Vehicle Inspectors to go round filling stations.
“The task force has been directed to seal off any station found hoarding the product and auction same.”