The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Ekiti State Chapter wants the state government to investigate and shut down any petrol station that hoards and overprices the product.
The religious authority’s appeal was a result of the constant hardship motorists faced before obtaining the product after PMS was not available at gas stations.
The Head of State for CAN, Reverend Adinka Arybaswe, who made the appeal in Ado Ekiti when he headed a CAN delegation on a visit to Governor Biodun Oyebanji, urged the government to direct the state’s task force to crack down on the offending stations.
He denounced the activities of petrol dealers in the state who were now taking advantage of the existing scarcity to raise the price of the product at the expense of the consumers.
The Ekiti CAN chief also called on the government to quickly address the poor condition of roads and curb the wave of insecurity in some parts of the state.
Other issues raised by the CAN leadership to the governor were completion of the cargo airport, adequate power supply, provision of piped water, gratuity payments to retirees, as well as job creation.
Rev. Aripasoy, who appreciated the government’s efforts in repairing township roads in the state capital, explained that the religious body was happy to partner with the current administration.
In response, Governor Biodun Uybangi said the government was aware of the increase in petrol prices, while ensuring the necessary intervention.
He made it clear that his government would continue to maintain a harmonious relationship between religious organizations in the country.
He also advised them to continue playing their roles in ensuring good governance and community development.
Mr. Uybangi noted that the contributions of religious leaders and their followers to the decision-making process would go a long way in sterilizing the system and bringing about desired change in it.
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