Abuja - The Senate has summoned the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to appear before the House to explain current state of refineries in the country.
The call followed a motion moved by Senator Gbenga Ashafa (All Progressives Congress Lagos East), and co-sponsored by five other senators in response to the recent petrol tanker explosions in some parts of the country.
The Senate also called on the Federal Government to revamp the existing refineries, make them functional and facilitate the establishment of private refineries.
Leading the debate, Senator Gbenga Ashafa noted with serious concern the spate of fuel taker explosions on the highways.
He said within the space of one week four fuel tankers accident occurred in the country two major cities claiming lives and destroying properties.
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“The first incident was at Onitsha claiming over 70 lives at Upper Iweka Anambra State and another tanker conveying 33 000 liters of petrol also exploded at Iyana Ipana Lagos injuring over 14 persons,” Ashafa said.
He added that if the refineries were functional, all the tankers would not have business coming to Lagos to lift fuel.
In his contribution, Senator Emmanuel Bwucha suggested that the tankers drivers should be tested for alcohol and hard drugs.
Senator Joshua Ledani sympathized with those that died in the accident and urged the Senate to call on the leadership of the tanker drivers to caution their members.
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said the NNPC must appear before the House committee to give account of the state of refineries and other structures under it.
He also ruled that the Federal Government should also provide the enabling environment for private refineries to exist and thrive.
- CAJ News