By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—WORRIED by unending queues at petrol stations across the country, Senate, yesterday, gave a seven-day ultimatum to Federal Government and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to nip the crisis in the bud.
The resolution of the Senate was sequel to unanimous adoption of a report of the Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) over the lingering fuel crisis.
In his presentation, Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central), disclosed that the panel recommended that NNPC be given a seven-day ultimatum to ensure the disappearance of the queues from fuel stations across the country.
According to Marafa, the committee stressed the need for security agencies to ensure effective border patrol to check diversion of petroleum products to neighbouring countries.
He said the committee also recommended that Department for Petroleum Resources, DPR, should double efforts to enforce compliance with government’s regulated pump price of petroleum products.
In the report, the committee also emphasized the need for security agencies to ensure effective border patrol to check diversion of petroleum products to neighbouring African countries.
Marafa said: “During the recess, the committee moved around some cities, including Abuja and Lagos, to ascertain the situation on ground. When we think that we are making progress, we just realised that the queues were resurfacing at the 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 neighbouring countries for higher prices. Also, there is the problem of marketers selling above approved pump prices.”
In his remarks, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, urged the management of NNPC to ensure compliance with the resolution as well as work assiduously towards the disappearance of long queues within the next seven days.