The House of Representatives has called on the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to end the artificial scarcity of petroleum products especially the premium motor spirit in the country within the next one week.
The green chamber said the artificial scarcity of petrol has caused untold hardship to millions of Nigerians across the country.
Following a motion moved by Saidu Abdulahi, members unanimously adopted the motion which they said has further grounded economic activities due to no specific reason.
The House worried that if the situation continues, the festive period will bring unbearable hardship to their constituents as the price of goods and services will skyrocket.
“Intelligence reports on current fuel scarcity gathered by our security agencies indicated that there is a deliberate plan by some oil marketers to derail the effort of the government in the distribution of fuel in the country by hoarding the petroleum products, thereby creating artificial scarcity all over the country,” Abdulahi said.
“It is observed with dismay that those who are gaining from this artificial fuel scarcity appear to be smiling home as a result of this ugly development and this has the potency to provoke innocent Nigerians against the government.
“The inability of the regulators of the petroleum sector to end this artificial scarcity of petroleum products forced the Department of State Security Services to issue an ultimatum to the NNPC, and oil marketers to end the artificial scarcity within 48-hours,” the lawmaker added.