Scarcity: Accept POS payment, FG orders fuel stations

Oluwanifemi Ojo
Oluwanifemi Ojo

The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered fuel stations to make use of Point of Sale and accept payment via bank transfers.nairafuel

Following this order, it mobilised security officials on Thursday to monitor the activities of fuel stations.

According to The Punch, it said the move was necessary because of the information received about the rejection of POS machines and bank transfers.

Despite the hardship experienced by Nigerians due to the new naira design, some filling stations have refused to accept alternatives.

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, which is run by the government, announced this in a press release issued in Abuja by Kimchi Apollo, the agency’s general manager of corporate communications and stakeholder management.

The issued statement reads, “It has come to the attention of the NMDPRA that some retail outlets are not accepting the use of Point of Sale machines at their filling stations due to the recent cash crunch brought about by the new naira design.

“The authority frowns at this recent behaviour which is causing untold hardship for Nigerians at a time when all hands should be on deck to assist the government in the transition to the new naira.

“The authority and security agencies will be at retail outlets to ensure compliance with this directive and any filling station found violating this directive will be duly sanctioned.

“We reassure the general public of our commitment to ensuring good quality service in the sale and distribution of petroleum products nationwide.”

NMDPRA has threatened to penalize Filling Station Operators who refuse to accept payment for the product through Point of Sale and Bank Transfers.

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