THE Nigerian Senate has blamed the current shortage in supply of the petroleum products across the country, which marred the Yuletide, on the activities of petrol stations owners as well as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Kabiru Marafa, stated this on Monday in Gusau while inspecting the fuel situation in that part of the country.
Marafa, who was accompanied by a member of the committee, Abdullahi Danbaba, said the inspection was part of the assignment given to the committee by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
He said, “I have directed all members of this committee to go back to their constituencies to investigate the problem at the grassroots so that we take approximate measures to address the scarcity.
“We visited NNPC zonal depot Gusau to find out the quantity of fuel supply to the depot and we noticed short supply of the commodity.
“We are going to present our findings to the Senate. It is very disturbing to see the suffering faced by people due to fuel scarcity in the country.
“We question the NNPC over this issue because the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said they had doubled the quantity of daily supply of the product, but it is not available to the public.
“Another unfortunate thing is the attitude of our filling stations owners who sell this commodity to the public; they are involved in one or two malpractices.
“In fact out of the filling stations we visited only two have complied with the government directives in this regard.”
The Committee Chairman however commended the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, field office in the state for ensuring compliance at the filling stations.
He categorically called on the DPR to sanction filling stations involved in hoarding and selling the product above the stipulated government price of N145 per litre.