The Sierra Leone government is contemplating punishing oil marketers for violating rules that have led to incessant fuel shortage, an official has told parliament, according to reports on Friday.


Dan Mason, the Chairman of the Petroleum Regulatory Authority (PRA), said a daily stock analysis to ascertain the quantity of fuel in the country could prevent shortages but accused most of the marketers of violating the rule.

He was speaking after being summoned by the parliament following public queries about the latest fuel shortage in the country.

The MPs, according to sources, also wanted to hear from the Authority about the issue of fuel prices.

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The government is under pressure to reduce pump prices.

On Thursday a group of civil society organizations issued a 14-day ultimatum for the government to reduce pump price and investigate oil marketers for their role in the frequent fuel shortage. The government has refused to reduce the pump price, citing huge subsidies.

Mason told lawmakers that between June and July 2015 alone, the government parted with le18 billion in subsidies