Senate orders NNPC to end fuel scarcity in two weeks
NNCPC chief, Ibe Kachikwu
The Senate on Thursday ordered the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and all the
agencies under the Ministry of Petroleum
Resources to end petroleum productsâ€™ scarcity in
the country within two weeks.
The upper chamber also said notable sharp
practices including discrepancies in prices of
petroleum products, especially Premium Motor
Spirit (PMS) and hoarding of products should be
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum
(Downstream), Senator Lilian Ekwunife, gave the
order at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of
Petroleum Resources and its parastatals in Abuja.
The Senate had on Tuesday asked its committee on
Petroleum (Downstream) to investigate the
circumstances surrounding the perennial fuel
scarcity in the country.
Senator 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 wanted, she said, is availability of
She said, â€œWe 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.â€
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