Next time your engine begins to convulse after filling your tank, you will understand what happened.

It is dirty fuel from Europe which Nigeria prefers to import.

This is because the authorities have failed to enforce a proposed ban.

On December 1, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire agreed to ban the importation of Europe’s dirty fuels, limiting sulphur in fuels from 3,000 parts per million to 50 ppm.

The former Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, said the enforcement of the ban in Nigeria would begin from July 1, 2017.

“From July 1, 2017, we will commence the enforcement of the 50ppm sulphur in fuel. And the July deadline is on all fuels, your diesel, petrol and kerosene. Everybody knows that this is going to take some efforts, which is why we gave the six months’ notice. What is more important is that we are working with the refineries on a long-term approach,” Mohammed had said.

But with the passage of July 1 2017 deadline, the ban was not to be after all.

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