Senate blames NNPC, marketers for fuel scarcity

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

The Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream has blamed the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and marketers for the ongoing short supply of the petroleum products in the country.

The Committee Chairman, Kabiru Marafa, stated this on Monday in Gusau while inspecting the fuel situation in the country.

Mr. Marafa, who was accompanied by a member of the committee, Abdullahi Danbaba, said the inspection was part of the assignment given to the committee by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

“I have directed all members of this committee to go back to their constituencies to investigate the problem at the grassroots so that we take approximate measures to address the scarcity.

“We visited NNPC zonal depot Gusau to find out the quantity of fuel supply to the depot and we noticed short supply of the commodity.

“We are going to present our findings to the senate. It is very disturbing to see the suffering faced by people due to fuel scarcity in the country.

“We question the NNPC over this issue because the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said they had doubled the quantity of daily supply of the product, but it is not available to the public.

“Another unfortunate thing is the attitude of our filling stations owners who sell this commodity to the public; they are involved in one or two malpractices.

“In fact out of the filling stations we visited only two have complied with the government directives in this regard,” he said.

Mr. Marafa commended the state Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) field office for ensuring compliance at the filling stations.

The senator urged the DPR to sanction filling stations involved in hoarding and selling above approved government price of N145 per litre. (NAN)


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  • growthengine

    Blaming is so easy. Anyone can open his mouth and blame. What we lack are leaders who admit the truth about deregulation state police and fiscal federalism

  • Konkolo

    Here we go again with the blame game in 2018. Unfortunately, the Nigerians who suffered the fuel scarcity are now licking their wounds as usual. The people of Iran took to the streets en-mass over high cost of prices of goods. Nigerians as usual complained ceaselessly on fuel scarcity and invoke God in the equation. Our moronic leaders know us inside out hence, they will resort to the yearly blame game instead of finding a permanent solution to the problem. Happy new year all and see you all again with this same shitty problem come end of 2018.

  • Izedomi Ohirein

    Bad government policies and price control
    are responsible for petrol importation and fuel scarcity.
    Government make it impossible for private enterprises to invest in petrol refining.
    Fuel subsidy is better done by allowing low or free costs of private refineries ownership licenses, low import duties and low costs of finance etc.
    Not by government ownership.
    Government ownership is fraught with corruption and inefficient management.

  • Man_Enough

    Many things are going wrong but nobody is being sanctioned. Any law without enforcement is as good as none at all.