The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is deeply concerned about the gruelling fuel situation in the state which has exposed the people to untold hardship in the past few days.
While we understand that the business of fuel distribution is in the hands of private individuals and almost solely controlled by non-government enterprises, we believe as a House that government and stakeholders in the distribution subsector can make relevant interventions to end the crisis and ameliorate the sufferings of our people.
Following our personal experiences in the past two days, and the complaints inundating the state House of Assembly, the Speaker has accordingly directed the House Committee on Petroleum Matters to immediately summon stakeholders and interface with the groups whose grievance we learnt is behind this artificial scarcity. Instant solution has to be proffered.
In the meantime, we plead with the marketers and distributors to quickly sort out their private issues and make the products available to the people while they dialogue with concerned parties. It is unacceptable that certain individuals and groups will tower their private interests above the common good of the generality Akwa Ibom people, subjecting everyone to this level of hardship for whatever reason. Fuel distributors should please reconsider the pains the people are going through and put public convenience ahead of theirs.
Rt. Hon. Ime Okon
Chairman House Committee on Information