​Senate gives NNPC 12 days to produce report on fuel scarcity

The Nigerian Senate has given the general managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru 12 days to produce report on the ongoing fuel scarcity rocking the country.

The Senate through its committee on downstream petroleum sector led by Senator Kabir Marafa said corporation must provide the committee with reports of figures it intends to pay oil marketers and their outstanding funds for subsidy on petrol imported.

Marafa made this known while interrogating the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, Baru and other stakeholders in the petroleum industry.

The Senator said: “We need the exact figures of the increase so that the we can look into it. We also need a full list of the filling stations that were selling above the standard price.”

Marafa further absolved the Senate of rumoured culpability in the prolonged fuel scarcity.

He said reports that outstanding funds owed oil marketers were being held up by the Senate is false.

He also maintained that the senate had received no such request and could not possibly be holding up the payment.

“There I see no such request before the National Assembly,” Marafa added.

On closing the hearing, the Senator also summoned the chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the director general of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

Marafa said the attention of the duo is need to explain how porous the country’s borders are and how it pertains to shortage of fuel in the country.