House Seeks to Establish More Petrol Depots

House Seeks to Establish More Petrol Depots

Paul Effiong, Abuja

In order to address the incessant scarcity of fuel, the House of Representatives is seeking to establish more depots in the country.

Moving the motion at yesterday’s plenary, Uju Kingsley observed that there are insufficient depots to store petroleum products.

Kingsley noted that an estimated 100 million litres of bad petrol imported into Nigeria had caused fuel scarcity with the consequent effect of adulteration t by roadside black market vendors.

The lawmaker expressed worry that the proliferation of adulterated petrol has caused severe damage to vehicles engines and inflicted more pains on the people, adding that despite efforts to address the scarcity, long queues and shortage of the product still persist at different fuelling stations across the country, especially in Abuja, the FCT.

He emphasized that in a rare admission of responsibility, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, had accepted that there had been lapses in its supply chain, disclosing that information currently on the official website of NNPC shows that Nigeria has 5,000 kilometers of pipeline network, 21 storage depots and nine Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, depots which are grossly inadequate to effectively serve the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The lawmaker said he is worried because many deports are privately owned, alleging that some of these owners usually receive fuel from NNPC and sell them at exorbitant prices, causing unnecessary irregularities in the price of the product across the country.

He lamented that if more fuel deports are not established in the country, fuel scarcity would continue unabated.

In its resolutions, the House urged NNPC to establish and equip more depots and strictly regulate the operations of private depot owners in the country.

The House also mandated the Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream to ensure strict compliance.

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