In a bid to end the fuel crisis and its untold hardship on Nigerians, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has recalled the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), from recess.
The senate president also mandated the committee to immediately convene a meeting with industry stakeholders.
Committee Chairman, Senator Kabiru Marafa, disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday.
He said following the directive, the committee has summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru and other relevant stakeholders in the petroleum sector to a crucial meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2018.
Senator Marafa further added that the meeting, which will be held in Senate Hearing Room 2.21 and its proceedings aired live on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), is meant to address causes of the fuel scarcity, with a view to stopping its recurrence.
Senate, which is presently on Christmas and New Year break, is scheduled to resume budget defence on January 9 and commence plenary on January 16.
In Ibadan, Oyo State Government and the state’s office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed seven filling stations.
Among the filling stations sealed were Kesbash Oil Nigeria Limited, SWORT Oil & Gas, Oduwoye Global Services Ltd, JOSFRAD International Venture, ROYLAB International Venture and BALEY Nigeria Limited.
Newsmen reported that the filling stations were sealed by a Joint Task Force of DPR, Oyo State Government and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Newsmen also reported that the team went round the metropolis to enforce the N145 per litre pump price as well as check hoarding of the product.
DPR Deputy Controller of Oyo state Office, Mr Sadiq Ibrahim, told newsmen that the essence of the monitoring was to check hoarding and hike in pump price.
Ibrahim disclosed that some of the filling stations caught hoarding the product and selling above pump price would be sanctioned.
“Those filling stations caught hoarding the product would be charged for hoarding, while those who sold above pump price would also be sanctioned.
“This is because government has not increased the pump price of petrol. What we have been able to do is to compel those hoarding to sell to the public at the recommended pump price and later seal them,’’ he said.
Special Adviser on Community Relations, Abidemi Shiyanbade, told newsmen that Governor Abiola Ajimobi had directed the constitution of the task force; to resolve the hardship faced by residents in getting the product.
“The governor had directed that the task force check for marketers hoarding the product and those selling it above the pump price.
“What we discovered is that some of them have the product and were not selling, while some sold above the recommenced pump price at night.