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Fuel Scarcity: Fish Out Saboteurs, Reps Direct Security Agencies

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Nigeria’s House of Representatives has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to “urgently ease off” queues in filling stations across the country.

The Lower Chamber also asked security agencies to “fish out” oil marketers and “other economic saboteurs” that are responsible for the petrol scarcity.

The resolution was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Leke Abejide, a lawmaker from Kogi.

In recent weeks, there has been petrol scarcity, with filling stations selling the product for as high as N400 per litre in parts of the country.

Speaking on the situation, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) had said the volume of petrol supplied to marketers by private depots has dropped by about 40 percent.

While moving the motion, Abejide said the “persistent scarcity” of petrol in many parts of the country “appears to be getting worse”.

He said the national assembly has approved the money for the subsidy of petroleum products to “mitigate against unforeseen circumstances in the areas of shortages of the product.

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