In response to the current cash scarcity in Nigeria, the Ekiti government has issued a warning to filling stations that refuse to accept Point-of-Sale transactions, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Omotayo Adeola, made the announcement during a meeting with the State Petroleum Task Force Committee and representatives of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers in Ado-Ekiti.
Mrs. Adeola stressed that the government’s decision was necessary to alleviate the hardship experienced by people as a result of the current cash crunch in the country.
She urged residents to report errant filling station operators via WhatsApp number 08077772323, where they could make a video call to report such operators for prompt action by the State Petroleum Task Force.
Following the meeting, Mr. Ayodeji Adesokan, the Chairman of Ekiti State Petroleum Task Force Committee, and Mr. Olumide Jegede, the NUPENG Chairman, appealed to petroleum marketers to comply with the directive. They warned that erring petroleum stations would be sanctioned by the government.
This move by the Ekiti Government is expected to ease the burden of cash scarcity on residents and promote the use of electronic payment systems in the state.