President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that everyone behind the substandard petrol that has damaged cars and caused scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the country, must be held accountable.
Imported PMS laced with disproportionate methanol has led to long queues at gas stations all week long, as the regulators attempt to recall the product.
The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has named the oil firms behind the importation of the substandard petrol, while admitting that NNPC was just as complicit.
In a statement issued through his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Buhari says “producers and providers of consumable products must be held accountable for substandard services and or products sold by them.”
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The president adds that he “has given directives to the relevant government agencies to take every step in line with the laws of the country to ensure the respect and protection of consumers against market abuses and social injustices.”
Buhari says the protection of consumer interests is a priority of the present administration; and that his administration is ready to take all necessary measures to protect consumers from hazardous products, loss or injuries from the consumption of substandard goods.
“The president directed that in line with the law, service providers must make full disclosure of relevant information with respect to the consumption of their products and that dissatisfied consumers are entitled to a proper redress of their complaints,” the statement adds.