The President of Nigeria and Minister of Petroleum Resources, Muhammadu Buhari has been given a two-week ultimatum by the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) to resolve the issue of fuel scarcity bedevilling the nation.
Chairman of the Petroleum committee, Senator Uche Ekwunife, who gave the directive on Thursday, November 26 in Abuja, during the committee’s meeting with top officials of Ministry of Petroleum Resources, insisted that the petroleum minister must not only end the scarcity but ensure that fuel was sold to the public at government’s controlled price of N87.00 per litre.
Senator Ekwunife, who was representing Anambra South, on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, frowned at the ongoing fuel crisis, saying Nigerians were suffering untold hardship following the development.
Fuming over what was described as unnecessary fuel crisis, Ekwunife, said:
“We are mandating the Minister of Petroleum Resources, the Permanent Secretary and heads of agencies to stop this fuel scarcity in two weeks.
“We are giving a target now, we don’t want to know how you would achieve it. Nigerians want to see an end to this fuel scarcity,”