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Kano anti-graft agency summons IPMAN over petrol scarcity

By Murtala Adewale and Ahmad Muhammad, Kano
09 November 2021   |   4:02 am
Kano State Anti-corruption Commission, yesterday, summoned the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) over alleged fuel scarcity in the state.

State to complete N7b abandoned road project
Kano State Anti-corruption Commission, yesterday, summoned the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) over alleged fuel scarcity in the state.

Long queues resurfaced in major petrol stations in the metropolis, at the weekend, creating panic purchase of the product, while some marketers allegedly readjusted their dispensing pump meters to cheat buyers.

Except few major marketers, who dispense the product with long queues, majority of independent dealers had since shut down their stations, a situation many considered as artificial scarcity.

Addressing journalists, yesterday, on the development, acting chairman of the commission, Mahmud Balarabe, vowed to resist any attempt by the petroleum marketers to create artificial scarcity of the product in the state.

Balarabe warned that the full wrath of the law would be visited on any marketer found inflicting hardship on the citizenry through hoarding of petroleum products.

He said the commission had received complaints of hoarding from residents, just has he stressed that invitation extended to IPMAN would clear public doubt.

Meanwhile, IPMAN has constituted a task force to tackle fuel scarcity in the country.

Chairman of IPMAN, Kano zone, Bashir Dan-Mallam, stated that the association formed the committee in collaboration with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to check hoarding of the commodity.

KANO State Executive Council has approved the completion of the Janguza–Durum–Kabo–Karaye road project awarded in 2010.

Contract for the project, which was initially awarded by the administration of Ibrahim Shekarau at N3,424,010,877 was reviewed to N7,020,139,700.55 based on the scope of work from two-layer surface dressing to asphaltic concrete wearing course.

The Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the weekly council meeting held at the Government House, Kano.

He said while the contractor accepted the new price and re-mobilised to site, the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure noted the financial constraint of the state, coupled with the effect of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on the global economy and re-scope the project from asphaltic concrete surfacing back to two-coat surface and re-scoped the project and at N5,605,424,417.44.

Garba explained that the council, however, rejected the proposed downward review of the project cost, which reflected a reduction of over N2 billion, to allow for the execution of quality job and to take care of the prevailing escalation in the prices of construction materials.