The Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Benue, Mr Benjamin Ewuga, has appealed to the Benue Assembly to enact laws that could stem black marketing in fuel business.
Ewuga made the appeal on Wednesday while answering questions from the members during plenary in Makurdi.
He stated that the unwholesome activities of the black marketers were responsible for the prolonged fuel crisis in the state.
He said such law, if enacted, could assist greatly in reducing artificial fuel scarcity in the state.
He said as a result of the unwholesome activities of black marketers, DPR was in partnership with the Department of Security Services (DSS) to arrest marketers selling fuel to black marketers in the night at exorbitant rates.
He stressed that the partnership was yielding bountiful results because a good number of people were arrested.
He appealed to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to increase fuel allocation to the state, to cushion the effect of the scarcity.
He further advised the house to have audience with the independent marketers, to tackle some of the challenges that led to the persistent fuel scarcity in the state.
The Speaker, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange, admonished DPR to intensify efforts in its task of monitoring to ensure that there was no diversion of fuel in the state.
Ikyange urged the organisation to put measures in place to ensure enough fuel in circulation to alleviate the plight of the people. (NAN)