13 December 2012

Nigeria: DPR Begins Move to Stop Fuel Hawking

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Tuesday began a sensitisation campaign at Area 11 and Garki in Area 1 to clean Abuja Streets of fuel hawkers.

The campaign team did not have armed policemen to arrest the hawkers and was led by the DPR Abuja Head of Downstream, Mr Yerima Kolloni, who said the aim is to engage the youths in dialogue in order to address the issue.

At Area 1, Kolloni said the campaign became necessary due to the dangers involved in hawking petrol in jerry cans. He said many of the hawkers do not know that they are engaged in unlawful and illegal businesses.

"We started this campaign last Friday and pledged to continue with it until the situation sanitises.

"We at DPR, see it as a point of duty to ensure that any Nigerian who is interested in petroleum business must comply with the law of the land and that is why we came with the extract of the law to let them know that nobody is allow to operate such business unless he has license," Kolloni stated.

He expressed happiness at the responses gotten so far in the exercise, adding that the efforts adopted by the campaign team was appreciated by the hawkers, who now know the dangers attached in doing such business.

Also speaking, leader of Petroleum Black Marketers at Area 1, Mohammed Bukar Shattima, said they were forced to engage in such business due to the economic situation in the country.

He said if government had provided them jobs, they will not waste valuable time doing such business. He said Area 1 alone has about 300 youths engaged in fuel hawking and the number is growing every day.

Shattima commended the present approach of the DPR and advised that violence means to solve the problem is not a good option.

He urged the DPR to device other means in ensuring steady fuel distribution in the country.

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