A Senate Joint Committees on Petroleum Resources (the Upstream Committee and the Downstream Committee) statement on Friday summoned the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Minister of Petroleum Diezani Allison-Madueke, to appear on Monday to discuss the biting fuel scarcity in the country.
The Joint Committee also extended a summons to the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Managing Director Petroleum Pricing, the Regulatory Agency; and the Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources to appear before them to contribute to the discussion.
Okonjo-Iweala and Madueke are expected to speak to the Committee addressing the causes behind lingering fuel scarcity, which has brought on untold hardship for many Nigerians.
The Joint Committee statement issued in Abuja, by Committee Chairmen, Senators Emmanuel Paulker (Upstream) and Magnus Abe (Downstream), explained that the invitation to Okonjo-Iweala and Madueke was as a result of the assignment given to them by the Senate to investigate the fuel crisis thoroughly.
It will be recalled that the Senate, on Thursday, directed its Committees on Petroleum Resources, Upstream and Downstream to investigate the fuel scarcity in the country and report back within two weeks.
The Senate Deputy Leader, Abdul Ningi, has recently demanded the attention of the Senate over the persistent fuel scarcity crisis, and its consequences.
The statement by the Joint Committees said that it was in view of the Senate Committees on Downstream Petroleum sector and Petroleum Resources (Upstream), to investigate the matter and brief the Upper Chamber about their findings next Tuesday.
The statement further said that the Joint Committees have extended an invitation to the affected individuals, agencies, and groups was therefore necessary in order to obtain adequate information that would be needed to write their report for submission to the whole Assembly.