The Nigerian Senate has charged security agencies to check the diversion of Petroleum products to neighboring countries by distributors who try to make illicit profits.
The Senate also urged the Department for Petroleum Resources to ensure that fuel stations sell in line with Government’s regulated pump price of the products.
In response to report presented to the house by the committee on Petroleum Resources concerning fuel crisis in the country, Senate urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to make sure the product is made available across the country, to end queues in petrol stations within 7 days.
Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Kabiru Marafa stated that the queues in fuel stations have started reducing. “During our recess, the committee moved around some cities, including Abuja and Lagos, to ascertain the situation on ground.
“When we thought that we were making progress, we just realised that the queues were resurfacing in fuel 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 neighboring countries for higher prices.
“Also, there is the problem of marketers selling above approved pump price,’’ He stated.
NNPC promised to stick to the resolution if the distributors would stop diverting the products and dealers sell at the Government regulated pump price.
We also gathered that NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, had earlier advised Government to create an enabling environment for other oil marketing companies to participate in the importation of petroleum products, before the Senate’s resolution.
It is now the duty of the people in-charge to appropriately carry out their duties, to end the crisis.