The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and all the agencies under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has just two weeks to end petroleum products’ scarcity in the country.
This is according to the Senate which gave the order on Thursday. The red chamber also said notable sharp practices including discrepancies in prices of petroleum products, especially Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and hoarding of products should be stopped forthwith.
Giving the order at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and its parastatals in Abuja, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Lilian Ekwunife insisted that Nigerians are not interested in efforts being made by the NNPC, Pipeline Products Marketing Company (PPMC) and other agencies to ease the biting fuel scarcity in parts of the country. What Nigerians want, according to her, is the availability of products nationwide.
“We are therefore mandating the minister, the Permanent Secretary and other relevant agencies to end fuel scarcity in the country in two weeks. Discrepancies in prices of products must also end,” she said.
The Senate had on Tuesday asked its committee on Petroleum (Downstream) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the perennial fuel scarcity in the country.