The Nigerian Senate is on the verge of probing the management of the subsidy while expressing it’s determination to unravel the mystery behind the incessant fuel crisis which has caused untold hardship on Nigerians.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on petroleum (downstream), Sen Kabiru Marafa briefing journalists in Abuja apologised on behalf of the Senate to Nigerians in the untold hardship being faced, adding that the Senate is poised to find possible solutions to remedy the lingering fuel crisis.
He decried the large scale corruption in the petroleum industry, lamenting the sharp practices in the sector with regards to subsidy payment.
Senator Marafa lamented that fuel sells as high as N300 in some parts of the country and even unavailable at all for purchase.
On whether the substantive Minister of Petroleum, President Muhammadu Buhari will be at the hearing, Marafa stated that there will be no need to invite him, since the Minister of state, Ibe Kachikwu, will be present.
He reiterated that the Senate would convene an emergency public hearing on the 4th of January inviting the Minister of State for petroleum, NNPC GMD, DPR and other relevant stakeholders to hear their views on the incessant crisis.
Senate Spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi said the Senate is unhappy with the turn of events and happenings caused by the fuel shortages, adding that the Senate President said the situation has assumed an alarming dimension which urgently needs to be addressed.
It would be recalled that the Senate Committee as part of its mandate carried out inspections before the commencement of the Xmas holiday and had been assured by NNPC GMD that fuel would be made available during the festive season.