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Adulterated Products: Reps turn down report of Petroleum Resources Committee

Adulterated Products: Reps turn down report of Petroleum Resources Committee

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives Wednesday, rejected a report seeking to address the issues surrounding the adulteration of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) that recently circulated in the Nigeria market.

The report as presented by Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya (APC, Kano), Chairman House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) stated: 

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) on the “Need to Investigate the Importation and Distribution of Adulterated Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) into Nigeria and approve the recommendations therein (HR.47/02/2022) 

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The prayers of the report as submitted read in parts; 

(i) that the Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources shall initiate the adoption of 2017 PMS Standard (NIS 116:2017) as approved by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for future importation of the product into the country;

(ii) that the Minister of Petroleum Resources should expedite action for completion of the rehabilitation work of the three (3) major refineries at Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna to boost local refining and reduce over-dependence on imported PMS into Nigeria;

(iii) that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) shall procure tracking devices to monitor the movement of trucks from all deports to their destinations across the country. This will mitigate smuggling and will make the product available for domestic use;

(iv) that the Federal Government shall position the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to implement its mandate to the latter by subjecting all imported white Petroleum and other products to the Offshore conformity assessment and also resume routine quality control of them and other products imported into the country at our various Seaports, Airports, and Borders throughout Nigeria as enshrined in the Standards Organisation of Nigeria enabling Act of 2015.

This will finally address the reoccurrence of the importation of off-specification PMS and other substandard goods into Nigeria;

(v) that the Federal Government is to note that the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) mandate is also specifically enshrined under item 62 (d) Part I of the Second Schedule (Exclusive List) to the 1999 Constitution;

 (vi) that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) shall double PMS National Reserve to at least 90 days and build depots across the Six (6) geopolitical zones to make products available for domestic use and avoid future PMS shortage/scarcity across the country;

(vii) that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited shall maintain local supply and distribution of 90 Million liters daily across the country until normalcy is restored.

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Meanwhile, Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu) and Mohammed Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno), and others kicked against the report saying it did not address major concerns as contained in the prayers of the motion.

The lawmakers, therefore, asked that consideration on the report be stepped down urging members of the Committee to filter the report so as to address concerns of Nigerians regarding the adulterated products.

In his ruling, the presiding officer, Deputy Speaker, Idris Ahmed Wase urged the Committee to “dig deep, filter the report to address major concerns of Nigerians.”

Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi has a BA in French and is a senior reporter at OrderPaper. She has keen interest in photojournalism and video documentary. She's also a writer and author of a book, "Pourquoi Le Francais." She likes reading, traveling and watching movies.
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