Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan yesterday launched the “Kerosene Direct Sale” at Asaba with a warning to officials in charge not to sell above N50 or engage in any form of sharp practices.
Dr. Uduaghan said kerosene was important in the lives of the people explaining that the present exercise was to reduce the hardship consumers go through before buying the product.
He said that anybody caught cheating would be death with decisively noting that availability of the product could reduce the usage of firewood which has negative impact on the environment.
The governor said firewood depletes the ecosystem of communities and bring about deforestation, explaining that the more kerosene was available the better the ecosystem would be.
Warning that the product was for only consumption he said anybody caught reselling would be death with in accordance with the law. “This product is for consumption and not for people to buy and go and resell at exorbitant price. Let us help ourselves and be orderly so that everybody would buy without stress,” he said.
He disclosed that the state government bought seven trucks for the exercise promising that once the present consignment finishes, more would be brought to the state so that there would be no scarcity.
The governor charged government officials in charge of the exercise to be meticulous and promised to continue to make the product available at all times.
Dr. Uduaghan also charged the officials not to sell more than 20 liters to an individual buyer just as he promised that the scheme would be spread to other parts of the State.
Furthermore he said “This Kerosene Direct Sale will be extended to other communities in the state so that more people will benefit from the exercise”.
The highlight of the ceremony was when the governor lunched the exercise and started sale with an elderly woman who of 90 years.
Filled with compassion and respect for the elderly woman the governor paid for the twenty liters of kerosene which she bought and thereafter charged all those on queue to emulate her peaceful disposition and orderly nature.