Why Senate Summoned NPA, NIMASA, Customs, PPPRA Over Fuel Scarcity

Bukola Saraki

 

The submissions made by stakeholders in the petroleum sector at the investigative hearing into the lingering scarcity of refined products informed the decision of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to invite the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, and the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, among others, to appear before it to explain their roles in the fuel scarcity across the country.

The upper chamber on Monday stated that the extension into the investigation to the lingering scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (also known as petrol) to more Federal Government agencies and parastatals was aimed  to address issues raised.

“We have not concluded; there were some issues we raised for which we will seek documents from some organisations and invite them to come forward before we submit our report,” chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, said of the invitation extended to more agencies.

“We have invited the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, and the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency. We have written letters to them and they will appear before (the National Assembly’s) resumption,” he said.

While the lawmakers will resume budget defence sessions for the MDAs on Tuesday, they will resume plenary on January 19.

The committee has also requested for some vital documents from the invitees.