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DPR shut down sales of fuel at Katsina borders

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The Katsina State branch of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has shut down sell of fuel at fifty fuel stations in the Jibiya border community of Katsina state following federal government ban on the sale of the product within twenty kilometres radius to Nigeria borders with neighbouring countries today.ng reports.

The DPR Operation Controller for Katsina field office, Mallam Mohammed Sani who led the enforcement team to Jibiya to monitor compliance of fuel stations on the federal government directive on sell of fuel at border communities, made the disclosure to newsmen yesterday in Katsina.

Sani said “We have been to the border communities in katsina to monitor compliance with the Federal government’s directive on no fuel sales within twenty kilometres distance from Nigeria borders. I can tell you that the compliance is total .there is no fuel sale through any fuel station in our border communities in katsina.

“In Jibiya border community here, for instance, there are no fewer than fifty fuel stations and the DPR has stopped fuel supply to these fuel stations since Federal government gave the directive that there should not be fuel sales through fuel stations that are within twenty kilometres distance from our borders.

“If you see fuel being sold in those border communities, definitely, it is not through any fuel station in those communities as we have stopped fuel supply to them.”

Sani also led other top DPR officials in monitoring fuel sale in katsina and its surrounding communities.

He and his team monitored fuel dispensation in some of the fuel stations and fuel levels inside the tanks of the stations visited.

Sani said residents of the state should not entertain fears over fuel supply during and after Christmas and the New Year, assuring that there was enough fuel to last the two festive periods and beyond.

He declared “There is no cause for alarm; there is adequate fuel to last both Christmas and the New Year periods and beyond. I will advise people to however be careful and avoid fire incident during this harmattan period”

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Issue an executive order to decongest the ports, Reps tell Buhari

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The technical committee on customs and excise at the House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an executive order to decongest the nation’s ports.

The committee made the recommendation to the federal government during a four-day oversight visit to the customs formations in Lagos which ended on Friday.

The order, the committee said, should direct the use of part of the revenue generated by the Nigeria Customs Service to carry out repairs on the access roads leading to the ports.

According to the committee, the nation is losing five times the amount of money that would have been generated from the ports due to bad roads and port congestion.

The committee also wants the President to immediately disband the Presidential Task Force on the decongestion of traffic at the Apapa Port.

The task force, the committee believes, has outlived its usefulness since it was inaugurated about two years ago.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Shell’s Request To Vacate ₦17bn Judgement on Oil Spill

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The Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited seeking to set aside a January 11, 2019 judgement of the court upholding damages to the tune of N17bilion awarded against the oil company.

The apex court had on January 11, 2019 upheld an earlier judgment by the Court of Appeal, affirming a June 14, 2010 judgement of the Federal High Court which awarded the damages against Shell over an oil spill at Ejam-Ebulu in Tai Eleme Local Government Area of River State in 1970.

Dismissing the application on Friday, Justice Samuel Osuji who read the lead ruling of the Supreme Court’s panel prepared by Justice Centus Nweze, held that the application by Shell, asking it to revisit its earlier judgment, was unmeritorious.

Although the lawyer to Shell declined speaking to Journalists, lawyer to Ejam-Ebulu community, Mr Lucius Nwosu while applauding the verdict of the court said the judgment sum, with interest, now stands in the region of N160billion.

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