Nigeria House Of Senate Summons Kachikwu, Baru, Over Fuel Crisis
The Nigeria House Of Senate as at yesterday summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, and other industry stakeholders over the ongoing fuel crisis.
They are to appear before its committee on petroleum resources (downstream ) on January 4, 2018 in a meeting that would be aired live on national television.
This is not the first time the chamber has invited Baru on the issue. But he had severally failed to show up for a December 5 meeting. “ We decided to invite the GMD to come and brief on the development and enable Nigerians know the situation of things . Unfortunately, Baru informed us of his inability to honour the invitation, ” committee chairman, Kabiru Marafa, had said.
The National Assembly is currently observing the Christmas and New Year break and is billed to resume committee work for budget defence on January 9, while plenary commences January 16.
Also, Minister of State for Petroleum, Kachikwu has asked the public to disregard reports suggesting he wrote a memo to President Buhari on the situation. He described the supposed memo and its content as false, promising his ministry would flood the market with products and prevent any attempt at sabotage.
Kachikwu also urged Nigerians to stay calm, saying the NNPC was doing everything possible to end the fuel shortage.
Meanwhile, Kano residents have been regretting their loss of productive hours, as the scarcity enters a third week. Thousands have been forced to spend nights on queues at fuel stations amid accusations that independent marketers and the DPR are to blame for the situation.
A statement by NNPC had alleged the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) diverted 144 trucks in the state. IPMAN, however , denied this , challenging the corporation to prove its claims. Efforts to speak with IPMAN chairman in Kano, Alhaji Bashir Dan Mallam, were unsuccessful, as he neither responded to telephone calls nor to text messages. Kano DPR officials , Buba Abubakar
While stations were shut, street vendors had limitless supply, selling four litres for N1,500 – N 1,800. While some stations in Lokoja sold few days back 400 naira a liter.