26 November 2015, Abuja – The Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), has directed the Minister of Petroleum Resources, President Muhammadu Buhari, to end the ongoing fuel scarcity in the country within two weeks from now.
This came on the heels of disclosure by the Pipeline Products Marketing Company, PPMC, that Nigeria lost a whopping N50 billion in ten months as a result of vandalisation of petroleum pipeline in some parts of the country.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Uche Ekwunife, who gave the directive, Thursday,in Abuja, during the committee’s meeting with top officials of Ministry of Petroleum Resources, insisted that the petroleum minister must not only end the scarcity but ensure that fuel was sold to the public at government’s controlled price of N87.00 per litre.
Senator Ekwunife, representing Anambra South, on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, frowend at the ongoing fuel crisis,saying Nigerians were suffering untold hardship following the development.
Fuming over what she described as unnecessary fuel crisis, Ekwunife, said: ”We are mandating the Minister of Petroleum Resources, the Permanent Secretary and heads of agencies to stop this fuel scarcity in two weeks.
“We are giving a target now, we don’t wan’t to know how you would achieve it. Nigerians want to see an end to this fuel scarcity”.