The House of Representatives has called on security agencies to immediately expose those, including oil marketers that are responsible for the current nationwide fuel scarcity.
The lawmakers made the call during the debate on the motion under ‘matters of urgent public importance’ sponsored by Leke Abejide.
The House also set up a committee to investigate the matter within 48 hours and report to the House.
The House also resolved to invite the relevant regulatory authority to appear before the House leadership on Thursday, 26th January, 2023 by 2pm.
The green chamber pointed to the need for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, as a sole importer, to urgently ease off the embarrassing queues in fuel stations.
The National Assembly had approved the money for the subsidy on petroleum products to avoid the ongoing scarcity and high fuel prices.
The lawmakers expressed concern over the impacts of fuel scarcity on the socio-economic activities and well-being of Nigerians across the country.
“The House recalls that over three months there has been persistent scarcity of PMS in many parts of the country and the situation appears to be getting worse.
“The House is aware that there are uneven pump prices being dispensed by the Filling Stations across the country which fuels speculations that the government may have begun to remove subsidies on petrol,” Abejide said.
The House said one of the factors contributing to the months of fuel scarcity was the increased cost of hiring daughter vessels in the hike in litre charges which hitherto were paid in Naira but now being charged in US Dollars.
The House expressed worried that as a result of petrol scarcity Nigerians are not finding it easy in their day-to-day livelihood activities.