The House of Representatives has demanded the suspension of companies that imported adulterated petrol into Nigeria as the House of Representatives probes source of adulterated petrol imported into the country.
The House resolution followed a motion by Representatives Mohammed Monguno on the urgent need to investigate the importation, procurement, release and sale of adulterated fuel into the country considering its devastating effects on Nigerians.
Rep. Taiwo Oluga who seconded the motion, said it is sad that Nigeria, being a major producer of crude oil is economically petroleum-dependent.
“Sadder still, the nation has had to outsource the procurement of petroleum products for use by its citizens,” he said.
Rep. Monguno further expressed disappointment at how those saddled with the importation of PMS would bring in adulterated products for use by Nigerians.
He decried the harmful effect and damage that the adulterated petroleum products has had on Nigerian motorists.
He further frowned at the lingering fuel scarcity that affects the manpower and productivity hours of Nigerians that should be otherwise usefully engaged at work, but have to now undergo the burden of spending long hours in queues at petrol stations.
Rep. Monguno further called for the accelerated rehabilitation of all refineries in Nigeria, to ensure such embarrassment does not reoccur.
He called on the House committee on petroleum resources (downstream) to investigate the matter and ensure the culprits are brought to book.
Rep. Abdulraheem Olajide also called for a full-scale investigation to ascertain the full culpability of all involved parties and ensure adequate prosecution.
Rep. Abubakar Nalaraba expressed surprise that even when the country pays so much on petroleum subsidy, and yet the petroleum products imported will still be adulterated. He called for a full prosecution on all erring parties as this is nothing short of economic sabotage.
Rep. Haruna Mshelia in speaking to the motion called for the consideration of innocent Nigerians who have fallen victims to the consequences of using the adulterated fuel.
He called for them to be considered in the investigation for adequate compensation.
Rep. Ibrahim Isiaka called for the adoption of the full weight of the law in punishing the erring parties no matter how highly placed they may be.
He highlighted that had the adulterated fuel been aviation fuel; then the consequences on aircrafts could only have been imagined.
He also called for a sanctioning of the originating country where the fuel was procured from.
Rep. Magaji Dau’ Aliyu expressed extreme sadness at the obvious high level of compromise on safety standards of imported materials.
This, he stated is dire to the safety and economy of Nigerians.
He called for a competent investigation to redress the issue.
Rep. Taiwo Oluga called on the House to summon the leadership of the NNPC to come on the floor of the House and explain to Nigerians why such exportation of crude and importation of the adulterated fuel could be possible.
Rep. Oluga stressed the fact that if proper sanctions are not taken, someday it could be food being discussed, then it would be poisonous and life-threatening to Nigerians.
Rep. Tajideen Yusuf who spoke on the issue, bemoaned the fact that the adulterated fuel passed all checkpoints, stressing “it showed that the compromise was intentionally done for personal gains.
He expressed grief at the transporters who use these means to feed their families and are suffering as a result of government-system failure.
Rep. Yusuf further called for a deliberate effort to show Nigerians that the House is ready and able to fight for their rights as their true representatives.
Rep. Chinedu Ogah called for the proper and accurate tracking of all erring parties from the country of refining, shipping, procurement, certification, distribution and sales of the adulterated products for proper prosecution and punishment.
Rep. Abdulganiyu Johnson called for proper implementation of the laws for the ease of doing business, as the way it is being applied does not allow regulatory bodies to effectively monitor the inflow of products, and this has led to the calamity we face now.
Rep. Onofiok Luke called for a decisive decision by the House to ensure erring parties are held accountable so that Nigerians can know they have a voice in governance.
He also called for the sanctioning of the regulatory agencies as the NNPC has already acknowledged sabotage.
Rep. Luke further called for the rehabilitation of existing refineries and the establishment and licensing of modular refineries to aid in refining crude oil for use by Nigerians.
The deputy speaker of the House, Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase reminded members that the motion before the House is still speculative as it has not been duly investigated by the House.
Until then, he stated that members should ensure no one is seen to be guilty before the investigation of the House and pronouncement is made.
Rep. Abubakar Fulata called for a thorough re-investigation of all culpable parties and ensure the punishment serves as a strong deterrent to future would-be saboteurs.
Rep. Toby Okechukwu expressed disappointment as the parliament seems to have become overpowered by agencies they should oversight such as the NNPC.
He refused to see how an agency of the Executive can seem more powerful than Parliament which is a different Arm of Government.
He outlined the functions of the NNPC in ensuring a vibrant and economically gainful petroleum sector which have been truncated to the disenfranchisement of Nigerians.
Rep. Okechukwu called for the unravelling and demystifying of the NNPC for true transparency and accountability.
Rep. Ajibola Muraina in supporting the motion called for an amendment to the prayers for the committee to also ascertain whether the Nigerian specifications of the product conforms with international standard and to find out the roles played by the NNPC, Standard Organization of Nigeria, Directorate of Petroleum Resources, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Customs and other relevant public and private organizations in the procurement of the said product.
Rep. Abubakar Yalleman proposed an amendment that direct the NNPC to immediately suspend all the companies liable for importing the adulterated fuel and submit their names to the House committee on petroleum downstream for further investigation.
Rep. Ibrahim Isiaka proposed an amendment to extend the scope of the investigation to ascertain the quality control of all relevant products, not just petroleum products. The motion was voted on and adopted as amended.