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Fuel scarcity: Senate slams Petroleum Ministry, NNPC & others

  • Issues 2 week Ultimatum to restore normalcy

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Thursday handed a 2 week ultimatum to the Ministry of senate nnpcPetroleum Resources, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other relevant agencies in the Petroleum Downstream sector to put an end to the on-going fuel scarcity being experienced around the country.

It also warned them to put a stop to the worrisome discrepancies of the pump price of petroleum products.

This directive was given by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Downstream Petroleum Resources, Senator Uche Ekwunife (Anambra Central), to senior officials of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, NNPC, PPMC (Petroleum Products Marketing Company) and other stakeholders in the petroleum sector.

‘Nigerians want to see the immediate end to this fuel scarcity and also the uniformity of the price of the product across the country,’ Senator Ekwunife ordered.

Speaking further, she said, ‘as a committee, our target is that scarcity and discrepancies in price must stop and it must be done. Therefore we are mandating the minister, permanent secretary and other relevant agencies in the sector that fuel scarcity must stop in the next two weeks. Petrol must be sold at the uniform price of N87 per litre everywhere in the country.’

It should be recalled that the Senate had in a plenary session on Tuesday mandated Senator Ekwunife’s committee to investigate the ugly trend of fuel scarcity that was bringing untold hardship to Nigerians.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the PPMC, Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue told the committee that the major problem facing fuel distribution was the vandilisation of oil pipelines.

Equally blaming the recent scarcity of petrol and price discrepancies on sharp practices on the parts of petroleum marketers, Nnamdi-Ogbue said that the PPMC had gone into collaboration with various security agencies to stem the tide of pipeline vandalism and oil thievery which had cost Nigeria a loss of 531 million litres of petroleum worth N50 billion in a 9 month span between January and September 2015.

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