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Lagos Govt. cautioned fuel station owners aiding traffic during scarcity

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

As fuel scarcity bites harder, the Lagos State Government has cautioned petrol station owners to ensure their customers queuing to purchase the product do not obstruct free flow of traffic across the metropolis.

It threatened that stations found contravening the directives could be sanctioned for aiding traffic congestion in the state.

In a statement by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation, Bolanle Ogunlola, yesterday, the government stressed the gridlocks around the station affects economic activities within the state.

According to the statement, “In the face of the current fuel scarcity, an appeal has gone to fuel stations that have fuel to dispense in the metropolis to ensure that queue of vehicles waiting to obtain supplies do not obstruct the free flow of traffic.

“The Ministry of Transportation in a statement today, said it viewed with great concern, the disruption of traffic flow by patrons at fuel stations as the resulting gridlock adversely affects the economic activities of individuals and corporate bodies.

“The Ministry, while advising operators of fuel stations to be orderly by ensuring that their patrons do not constitute any clog to the free flow of traffic further warns against being sanctioned for non-compliance.

“Assuring that the State‚Äôs Law Enforcement Agencies are on surveillance to enforce compliance, the Ministry said it will continue to monitor the traffic situation while calling on the general public to report fuel stations disrupting movement through its hotlines; 09020004000 or 09020009000”.

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