Wednesday , July 15 2020
Breaking News
Home / News / Senate Issues Seven-day Ultimatum to NNPC to Clear Fuel Queues

Senate Issues Seven-day Ultimatum to NNPC to Clear Fuel Queues

The Senate thursday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure there is adequate supply of petrol nationwide in order to clear the lingering queues at the filling stations within seven days.

The legislative body also directed security agencies to adequately police Nigerian borders to stop the smuggling of petroleum products.

This is in addition to the directive to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to double their efforts in enforcing price control and monitoring.
The resolutions were taken following the adoption of the report of the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) presented at plenary.

The committee is chaired by Senator Kabiru Marafa who presented the resolutions reached by the joint committee.
“Direct NNPC to ensure the adequate supply of petrol and disappearance of queues nationwide within seven days.

“Direct all security agencies to ensure effective border control measures to avoid the smuggling of petroleum products.
“Direct DPR to double its efforts in enforcing price control and monitoring,” the resolution read.

Marafa explained that the committee met with officials of the NNPC last Wednesday and queried them on why the fuel queues have refused to disappear.

“On the reasons the queues are back, they told us that it was a combined issues of the supply gap, coupled with massive smuggling across our borders which is quite alarming. Even two day ago, I saw on national television where customs officials intercepted more than 3,000 jerry cans of fuel in addition to the quantities being smuggled across the borders,” Marafa said.

According to him, “On their challenges, they still talked about this problem of smuggling, failure by marketers to sell at the approved pump price (N145). They told us that every litre of fuel in the country today is brought in (imported) by NNPC and that the corporation still sells at the controlled price till today. Therefore, anybody selling above the pump price is doing so at his own risk.
“They also told us that cooperation was required from the security agencies,” Marafa added.

Presiding, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, directed the committee to report back to plenary next week to confirm that NNPC has complied with the Senate’s directives.



Check Also

Air Force’s first female combat helicopter pilot, dies in road mishap

Nigeria’s first female combat pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, is dead. She died on Tuesday …

N27m Dud Cheque: EFCC Presents Another Witness At The Trial Of William Bamidele Salami and his company, Fishgate Technologies Limited continued on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, before Justice A. S. Adepoju of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Wuse, Abuja with the presentation of the second prosecution witness (PW2) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Office. The defendants are facing prosecution on one-count charge of issuance of dud cheque. Having failed to repay a credit of N9 million the defendants obtained from Angelwalker Limited in 2015, which with the interest had amounted to N27million, the first defendant, Salami issued a cheque in the name of his company, Fishgate Technologies Limited in said sum and was dishonoured upon presentation in the bank on the ground of insufficient fund in the account. Led in evidence today by prosecution counsel, Faruk Abdullah, the witness, Miss Hubabah Yusuf, a staff of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Gwarinpa branch, Abuja, validated EFCC’s information on the Account Opening Package, Statement of Account and Letter of Identification on Fishgate Technologies Limited account, which was admitted in evidence as exhibit D4 and D5. Revealing the financial transactions on the account, the witness disclosed that there was an inflow of N6million and N3million from Angelwalker Limited and one Friday Olajide respectively, into the account on April 28, 2015. She was also able to identify the N27million dud cheque, marked Exhibit A7, issued in the name of Fishgate Technologies Limited by Salami in favor of Angelwalker Limited. The judge adjourned the matter till September 28, 2020, for continuation of trial on the prayer of the defence counsel, Miracle Ogbebor.gainst Defendant

The trial of William Bamidele Salami and his company, Fishgate Technologies Limited continued on Tuesday, …

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By :