Edo State government has said that efforts are at top gear in collaboration with relevant authorities to make petroleum products available to marketers in the state in the interest of Edo State citizens.

This was contained in a press release signed by the Edo State Commissioner for Mining and Energy, Engr. Ethan Uzamere, and made available to journalists.

“The State Government in conjunction with the Nigerian Midstream Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) is working assiduously in putting measures in place to source PMS for Independent Marketers in the state in order to flood the state with PMS which will help to bring down the pressure on prices at the pump,” the statement said.

“However, all Major Marketers in the state are advised to desist from selling above the approved pump price in the interest of the citizens of Edo State,” it said.

The Commissioner called on petroleum marketers to desist from diversion of PMS and to collaborate with the state government and other relevant stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free supply chain, noting that a monitoring team has been put in place to work hand in hand with security agencies to monitor distribution and sales of PMS.

While sympathizing with Edo people over the challenges faced in the purchase of PMS at filling stations across the state, the Commissioner noted that the long queues are occasioned by bottlenecks in the fuel supply chain and shortfall of the products at depots.

Engr Uzamere also used the opportunity to appreciate the citizens of the state for their cooperation and understanding during this trying period and to reaffirm the commitment of the state government to the economic wellbeing of the good people of Edo State.