NNPC To Find Solution To Fuel Scarcity By Next Week
The Red Chamber has given a one-week ultimatum to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to find a lasting solution to the issue of fuel scarcity which is being experienced nationwide.
The decision by the lawmakers was relayed on Thursday after the house received and adopted the submission of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) over the scarcity of fuel which has become a national issue.
The leader of the committee, Sen. Kabiru Marafa during the presentation of the information gathered, said, the committee has advised that the NNPC be given the grace of one week to find a solution to the long queues being witnessed in fuel stations nationwide.
The committee also advised the house to order security agencies to carry out a strict patrol in the borders of the country in order to guide against the diversion of fuel to other countries in the neighborhood.
Another recommendation offered by the committee was for the Department for Petroleum Resources (DPR) to be up and doing in order to ensure that fuel is being sold at the approved price by the federal government.
Parts of the report reads: “During our recess, the committee moved around some cities, including Abuja and Lagos, to ascertain the situation on ground.”
“When we thought that we were making progress, we just realized that the queues were resurfacing in fuel stations.”
“We also engaged with the NNPC and other stakeholders and we were informed that there were challenges of supply coupled with massive smuggling of petroleum products to neighboring countries for higher prices.”
“Also, there is the problem of marketers selling above approved pump price.”
The Senate president, however, threw the report to the house and members unanimously adopted it.
It should be recalled that NigeriaNewsNG.com had earlier reported the situation across the country.
Long queues are being witnessed in petrol stations and this has greatly affected commuters.
Commercial motorists have hiked transportation fare as they also claimed that they purchase the products above the approved pump price.
Some many businesses have also been rendered crippled across the country as a result of the fuel crisis.