OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited to immediately suspend four companies involved in supply of contaminated products (bad fuel) circulating the country.
In a motion sponsored by Chief Whip, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, the House asked NNPC to submit the deeds of purchase to the parliament for scrutiny.
It further called for a thorough investigation of the matter, stressing that consequences would be visited on all parties responsible for putting Nigerians in great danger through adulterated products supply.
These resolutions were reached on Thursday during plenary as the House considered and passed a motion on “The Havoc caused by the Adulterated Fuel in circulation to Vehicles and Other Machines in Nigeria and its Attendant Economic Challenges.”
The Committee will also investigate the roles played by the NNPC limited, Standards Organisations of Nigeria (SON), Nigerian Navy and all other regulatory agencies within the petroleum sector in the supply of the ‘bad fuel.’
In contributing to the motion, Haruna Mshelia (APC, Bauchi) suggested that “all innocent Nigerians that have fallen victim should be contacted while carrying out this investigation.”
On the part of Ibrahim İshiaka (APC, Ogun), he decried that “because there are no consequences for putting Nigerians in danger, people continue to do things and get away with it. We need to get to the root of this matter.”
Another member, Makki Abubakar (APC, Jigawa) said, “For this adulteration to happen it means persons have compromised. Heads must roll,” he stated.
“What has NNPC done in the last 72 hours? I want to submit that NNPC down to the Managing Director should be summoned. They should come to plenary and explain to Nigerians how the adulterated fuel got into Nigeria,” she interrogated.
Also, Abdulganiyu Johnson (APC, Lagos) noted “That is why I always solicit for the ease of doing business in Nigeria if we are able to do this a lot of problems would have been solved,” he submitted.
The Presiding Officer, in his ruling mandated the House Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) to ascertain the details of petroleum products purchases made from January till date to ascertain whether they met with the international standards.
Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Mele Kyari had on Wednesday, explained how ‘adulterated’ Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from Belgium got into the country.
He listed MRS, Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium, Oando, and Duke Oil as the culprits, adding that NNPC’s investigations revealed the presence of Methanol in PMS cargoes of the companies.