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Reps gives NNPC deadline to end fuel scarcity

The House of Representatives has directed the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited and the Midstream Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (MDPRC) to collaborate with security services to end the current petroleum scarcity in the country within the next two weeks.

This is sequel to a motion of urgent public importance by a member from Niger State, Saidu Abdullahi, on the need for government to immediately bring an end to the scarcity which has lingered since September 2022.

The lawmaker expressed concern that most filling stations are now selling fuel at over N300 per litre. 

According to him, those gaining from the artificial fuel scarcity appear to be smiling home as a result of the ugly development which has the potency to provoke innocent Nigerians against the government.

Mr Abdullahi observed that the lingering fuel scarcity has compounded the woes of millions of Nigerians struggling to survive as prices of items continue to make a rapid surge. 

He stated that the situation has added a high cost of living to Nigerians which surged to a 17-year high of 21.09% in October.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Muzha Kucha