The Anambra State government has inaugurated a 58 man Committee on Procurement, Pricing, Regulation and Distribution of Petroleum Products.
The inauguration was performed by the special adviser to the governor on legal matters and petroleum resources, Barrister Patricia Igwebuike on behalf of Anambra state government, at the government house in Awka.
According to Barrister Igwebuike who inaugurated the committee, she called on all members of the committee to perform their duties with utmost sincerity and diligence. In addition, she urged them not to terrorise the public nor extort marketers in any guise in the cause of their duty, as those caught will be severely dealt with.
The terms of reference of the newly inaugurated committee are as follows: To ensure no unauthorized selling of petroleum products in an unlicensed locations and facilities, monitor against the selling of petroleum products in unlicensed facilities by illegal filing station operators or filling stations with rebuked licenses.
Monitor filling stations across the state on a daily basis against illegal increase in pump prices, adulteration, hoarding and other malpractices.
Furthermore, the committee will also stop the sitting of Liquefied Petroleum Gas plants in residential areas among others.
On his part, Chief Chris Okonkwo who responded on behalf of the members of the newly appointed committee assured that theywill do the job according to their terms of reference and with due diligence. He also expressed his gratitude to the governor for finding them worthy.