OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has constituted two committees to look into the quantity of fuel consumed daily in Nigeria; and investigate the fuel subsidy regime.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, made the announcement at Wednesday’s plenary. He named Abdullahi Abubakadir Ningi (APC, Bauchi) as chairman of committee that will dig out the actual volume fuel consumption in the country while the committee to investigate subsidy-related issues and the state of refineries across the nation is to be chaired by, Mr. Johnson Abdulganiyu (APC, Lagos).

According to Gbajabiamila, “the committee should not restrict its findings to NNPC (Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation Ltd) records alone, but liaise with experts in the industry, transport workers and all other stakeholders to determine an independent finding for the benefit of Nigerians.

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“The findings of the 2 committees will be critical, vital, and will form the base of the debate for the House on the matter.”

The Speaker had explained that it was necessary for them to intervene in the recent subsidy brouhaha but needed first-hand information on the quantity of fuel been consumed in the country and the current state of all refineries as well.

Recall that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, and her counterpart in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, have said the Federal Government has backed down on plans to remove subsidy on petroleum products this year.

The duo explained that provision was made for subsidy payment to marketers in the 2022 budget.

This is not the first time the House will be initiating a probe to ascertain the state of refineries or daily consumption of fuel products in the country.

The probe on fuel subsidy also raises a remembrance of the Farouk-gate dollar-for-clearance scandal of the 7th assembly.



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