Border closure: Petrol now sells for N300 in border communities – Kwara speaker laments

 

Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly, Hon Salihu Yakubu Danladi, Monday expressed worries that the continued closure of Nigeria’s land border was bitting hard on the border communities in Kwara north axis, lamenting that a litter of petrol now sells for between N250- N300.

Salihu listed the four district of Baruteen local government area of Kwara state worst hit by fuel scarcity which he said was occasioned by border closure to include Ilesha Baruba-Okuta-Chikanda axis. 

The speaker made the disclosure when he paid a courtesy call on the newly posted border drill sector coordinator sector 3, of Nigeria customs service Ilorin Kwara state,Mohammed Uba Garba, according to a statement issued by the

Danladi appealed to the sector coodinator to reconsider the decision of fuel supply 20km to border communities to ease the peoples’s sufferings.

The statement qouted the speaker as saying the decision was taking toll on his people and that the hardship is gradually becoming unbearable.

Responding, Garba said that the partial border closure was not to witch-hunt or obstructs any legal businesses nor any community but to prevent illegal exportation of petroleum products, encourage local farmers, control the inflow of arms and ammunition, illicit drugs and all other prohibited goods to the country and to also enable the neighboring countries to obey the ECOWAS PROTOCOL.

Mohammed Uba Garba was recently posted to Joint Border Operations Drill, North Central Zone, Sector, 3 Ilorin, Kwara State.

Garba said he would soon be visiting the border communities to meet with those who are into legitimate businesses.