Gov Akeredolu makes case for petrol dealers … as government plans clampdown on illegal operators
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has advised security agencies to be specific in the roles each of them plays in security management to avoid overlapping.
Speaking while playing host to the State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps ,NSCDC, Commandant Adeyinka Fasiu Ayinla and his Management Staff; Governor Akeredolu said all the Security Agencies must work on their respective areas of concentration that would not overlap to avoid conflicts.
He said the issues of overlapping roles among security agencies must be resolved to enable each security outfit get focused and scale up their efficiency.
“If the NSCDC focuses on cultism and bunkering, then the Police will concentrate on their own area” the governor said.
While commending the NSCDC for its achievements in the realm of mediation, crisis and conflict management among the citizenry, Governor Akeredolu enjoined the commandant to look into public complaints against his men and officers who they have accused of victimising petrol stations on trump up allegation of dispensing bunkered fuel.
“Petrol station owners said your men come and cordon off their stations preventing then from selling fuel on account of selling bunkered fuel”
“I think bunkering is either perpetrated at the ports or through pipeline bursting and not at petrol stations”, the governor said.
The governor however said that the assistance of NSCDC would be required very soon to curtail the activities of illegal petrol
stations shortchanging the state of legitimate revenues.
The governor used the opportunity to hint that the State Government was working round the clock to put in place a process that will begin to improve the state Internally Generated Revenue.
Earlier the State Commandant of NSCDC, Adeyinka Fasiu Ayinla had thanked the present administration in the state for the numerous assistants so far rendered to the Corps and assured on its readiness to continue to be in partnership with the State Government at ensuring a better Ondo State.
He enumerated several of the Corps’ security interventions and mediations like the Fulani herdsmen crisis with farmers and issues ranging from domestic, land disputes and encroachment.
“We also monitor bunkering; pipeline vandalization in the Southern Senatorial District of the State; we have divided the state into three, with my lieutenants supervising each zone”, the commandant stated.
The NSCDC State Commandant, however appealed to the State Government to assist the Corps on its logistics problems highlighted in a letter he presented to the governor.