Senate issues warning to Buhari

Ekwunife said this while meeting with officials of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources at the National Assembly in Abuja.

A picture of a fuel attendant filling up a customer's tank.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Uche Ekwunife has issued a 2 week ultimatum, mandating the minister of petroleum, to put an end to the looming fuel crisis.

Ekwunife said this while meeting with officials of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources at the National Assembly in Abuja.

She 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 want to know how you would achieve it, but it must be stopped.

“This is a critical period, in the next few weeks, there will be Christmas, Nigerians want to see an end to this scarcity and be able to buy petrol at N87 per litre.”

Leadership Newspapers reports that the Group General Manager, Corporate Affairs, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Ohi Alegbe, in an interview said “Because the pipelines are vandalised here and there, the corporation had to truck some of the petroleum products, especially the premium motor spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, from the points of delivery down south, such as Lagos and Calabar, to other parts of the country, so there is the challenge of having to distribute the products by road.”

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently overseeing the ministry of petroleum resources, as the minister.

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