The hardship caused by the lingering scarcity of petroleum products, yesterday attracted the attention of the Senate, as it mandated its Committees on Petroleum Resources (Upstream and Downstream) to probe the cause of the problem.
The decision by the Senate to probe the problem of fuel scarcity across the federation, stemmed from a motion by the Deputy Senate Majority Leader, Abdul Ningi.
Senator Ningi in the motion urged the Senate to pay urgent attention to the biting fuel crisis which he stressed has started creating untold hardship for Nigerians.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, noted that since Ningi raised the motion on personal account, the senate would not debate it, but would rather approve his prayers.
He said: “Ningi’s prayers are simple and straightforward. He is asking us, as representatives of the people, to direct our committees on upstream and downstream, to find out what is currently going on in the oil sector and possibly find a way of addressing it.
“In that regard, we now ask our committees on Petroleum Resources (Upstream and Downstream), to find out what is going on and what the government is doing about it and report back on Tuesday last week. That is our wish.”
Ningi, had while moving his motion, said since the Senate still have the mandate of the people until June 1, it had the responsibility to intervene in the unfortunate development.
“We need to know whether fuel scarcity has come to stay. We need to know whether it has become part of our life. We need to plan.
“By planning and talking about it, we are now sensitising Nigerians to brace up for the impending issue of fuel scarcity whether it is going to be here permanently or temporary.
“But we can’t know all these things until we hear from the experts. Therefore, my prayer is to ask the Committee on Downstream and Upstream to come up with explanations next Tuesday through which Nigerians will know and plan their future.

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