Fuel Scarcity: Saraki orders committee members to forfeit holiday

Bukola Saraki
Bukola Saraki [Photo: Nigerian Pilot]

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has directed members of the Senate committee on petroleum downstream to cut short their holiday in order to contribute to addressing the lingering fuel crisis.

This was announced on the Twitter handle of the Red Chamber on Wednesday.

The development was confirmed by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on New Media, Olu Onemola.

He promised to provide more details of the decision later.

The committee is chaired by Kabiru Marafa.

The fuel scarcity across the country has led to long queues in the few filling stations selling the product while many Nigerians have resorted to the black market where petrol is sold at about N300 per litre. The official price is N145 per litre.


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  • Gary

    Useless posturing. What can the Senate Committee do at this point? Join the Executive Branch in going round fuel stations to dispense petrol?
    Where was the Senate in doing its oversight of the NNPC under Buhari? Has anyone in the NASS opposed or questioned the legality of a President appointing himself Petroleum Minister and thus making himself as Minister accountable to himself as President in that position? So now that Buhari has shown himself to be no better than the much-maligned Allison Diezani in competence competence and probity in running Nigeria’s Oil Ministry, what’s next? Saraki who has himself proved no better than David Mark in running a rubber-stamp Senate is playing to the gallery with silly PR stunts like this. Pray tell how the Senate Committee will magically produce more petrol for the people to have a Merry Christmas after the fact.
    Who approved the budget and priorities of the Petroleum Ministry under Buhari?
    Whatever happened to the Wamako Committee tasked with looking into the contract awards and sectional appointments by NNPC Chief Barawo Baru?
    Senator Saraki & Co, who the hell do you think is falling for this silly stunt?
    If you did what you were all elected and getting paid a king’s ransom to do, the people will not be in the sorry situation they find themselves today.

    You are a disgrace and shame on you for trying to fo*l the Nigerian people you were elected to look out for. Just pray that you politicians don’t push the people to the point of a mass uprising against misrule. Not too many of you will survive it.