Senate summons NNPC boss over fuel scarcity


The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, is to appear before the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) on Thursday over the rising scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) across the country.

Baru failed to appear before the committee on Tuesday, leading to a reschedule of the meeting to explain the causes of the scarcity.

Chairman of the Senate committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, while briefing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, said plans had also been concluded to commence nationwide inspection of filling stations over the looming fuel crisis.

Marafa stated the Senate would not allow some unpatriotic persons to cause  Nigerians any hardships especially during the Yuletide. He stressed that though the lawmakers had adjourned plenary to conduct budget defence sessions for ministries, departments, and agencies, members of the committee would embark on the oversight visits.

He said members of the committee would be regrouped into sub-committees to make it possible for them to visit all the states.

Marafa said, “First thing first: the welfare of Nigerians, especially in this season when a lot of them would be travelling to reunite with their loved ones, is paramount.

“We will take time out to embark on a serious oversight. We will break into sub-committees to be able to cover the entire country.”

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