Hameed Ali, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, has been summoned by the Senate over the ban on petroleum products’ supply to border communities.
The lawmakers took the decision after an exhaustive debate on a motion jointly sponsored by Senators Tolu Odebiyi and Ade Fadahunsi.
The NCS boss had placed a ban on fuel supply to towns and villages that are 20 kilometres to border areas and the development had caused untold hardship for Nigerians.
But the lawmakers lamented the sufferings being experienced by residents of border areas in the country.
The Senate asked the Customs CG to urgently explore the use of modern technological devices in the tracking, management, and scheduling of petroleum trucks along the border towns;
They also asked him to initiate a comprehensive audit of all petroleum stations and suppliers across the border communities.
The senators said such an arrangement would enable the agency to closely monitor their movement by mandating each moving truck to have a tracking device being monitored by the NCS in a wholesome manner.
They also mandated the Senate Committee on Customs in collaboration with the CG Customs, to work out a viable economic framework or policy that could further mitigate the sufferings of the people, and communities across the border areas.
They also demanded a steady supply of petroleum products through the identified suppliers and registered filling stations across all the border towns and communities as a temporary palliative measure.
They also called for a holistic policy approach, with the same vigour on the nation’s waterways.