- Saboteurs have been accused of being responsible for the ongoing fuel scarcity across Nigeria
- This was made known by the House of Representatives committee investigating the operational activities of staff of the NPMC and others
- The chairman of the committee, Danalami Kurfi, noted that certain elements are frustrating the efforts of the federal government
The House of Representatives has accused saboteurs of being responsible for the ongoing fuel scarcity across Nigeria.
The House committee investigating the operational activities of staff of the Nigerian Petroleum Marketing Companies (NPMC), and staff of government and staff of representatives of government owned depot, made the allegation on Thursday, February 15.
The chairman of the committee, Danalami Kurfi, during a visit to the Port Harcourt Refinery, said these saboteurs are behind the current fuel scarcity being experienced in the country.
Kurfi, who is the lawmaker representing Dutsin-ma/Kurfi of Kastina state, said the investigations by the committee so far has shown that government on it’s part through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is creating timely intervention to ease the problem in the supply chain.
The lawmaker, however, noted that certain elements are frustrating the efforts.
Although the area manager of the refinery, Alesa Elema, said the allegations of diversion of petroleum products are unfounded, she said the depot provides monitoring mechanism that ensures products allocated are lifted and delivered to designated locations.
Elema also noted that there has always been a shortfall in petroleum production due to the fact that the refinery is not working up to it’s full capacity.
Also, during a visit to AITEO depot, the officials disclosed that they often act based on instructions from the headquarters of the NNPC.
The staff also said contrary to reports and claims by the marketers, they are serving as an intervention to ease the persisting fuel scarcity in Nigeria and so far they are meeting their set objectives.
The ad-hoc committee was specifically set up following a motion on the floor of the House over accusations by some independent marketers that government depot representatives were incapable of lifting and supplying petroleum products across the country on their own.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the committee began probe of major fuel depots across the nation.
The ad-hoc committee was earlier set up to investigate the activities of staff of the Nigerian Petroleum Marketing Companies, and staff of government owned depots.
The committee's chairman, Danlami Kurfi, called for documents of sales made to independent petroleum marketers.
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