Abuja - The Senate on Monday summoned the Minister of State for
Petroleum, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, to appear before its Committee on Petroleum
Downstream on Tuesday, over lingering fuel scarcity in the country.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Sen. Jibrin Barau, told
newsmen shortly after an on-the-spot assessment of filling stations in the
Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that the summons became necessary following the
hardship on Nigerians.
He decried that in spite of assurances from the ministry that the situation
would be brought under control, it had lingered.
"We have invited the minister of state to appear before the committee tomorrow
to tell us about the fuel scarcity problem and the strategy he is employing to
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"We will expect him to give a date when the problem will be resolved
permanently; this is the course of action we have taken.
"We are not satisfied because this problem has gone unabated for too long; the
situation is appalling and it is a major problem.
"We gave the ministry enough time and space to put its act together to solve
Barau assured that the senate would take a position on the matter after hearing
from the minister of state, who is also the Group Managing Director, NNPC.