Senate probes fuel scarcity
The Senate on Tuesday asked its committee on
petroleum to investigate all issues associated with
the current scarcity of petroleum products in the
The upper chamber mandated its committee on
Petroleum (Downstream) to urgently determine
how the legislature will collaborate with the
executive arm of government to bring lasting
solution to problem of fuel scarcity in the country.
The Senate urged the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) and other stakeholders to
continue with their current push to stem the tide of
fuel scarcity while the legislative and executive
arms of government should continue their
collaboration to find lasting solution to the
Due to the urgency of the situation, the committee
was given two weeks to report back to the Senate in
The resolution to investigate the fuel scarcity
followed a motion by Senator Barau Jibrin (Kano
North) and 23 others.
The motion also brought out sharp division among
the Senators on the agitation for removal of fuel
Jibrin in his lead debate noted the scarcity of
petroleum products in major cities and towns
around the country in recent weeks and the
hardship the scarcity is inflicting on Nigerians.
The Kano North lawmaker expressed worry that
the scarcity is creating an untold hardship to
Nigerians who have to pay higher prices for the
products, especially petrol.
Jibrin said he is convinced that the unhealthy
situation is not in tune with the desire of the
current government to bring succor to Nigerians in
all spheres of their lives.
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