Nigeria’s Finance Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala alongside Minister for Petroleum, Mrs. Deziani Allison Madueke have been summoned before the Joint Senate Committees on Petroleum Resources (Upstream and Downstream) on Friday, May 22, 2015 to appear and render explanations on the lingering fuel crises in the country by Monday, May 25, 2015.
The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Managing Director, Petroleum Pricing and Regulatory Agency; and the Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources were also summoned to be questioned before the senate.
Also, on Friday, May 22, 2015 by 10:00 am representatives of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria; Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria and the National Association of Nigeria and National Association of Road Transport Owners, are expected to be questioned from the senators at the National Assembly Complex.
In Abuja, a statement was issued by the Chairman of the two committees, Senator Emmanuel Palker (Upstream) and Magnus Ade (Downstream) stating that the invitation of the public officers and groups was as a result of the assignment given to them by the senate concerning the lingering fuel scarcity in the country and untold hardship on the generality of Nigerians which the Deputy Senate Majority Leader, Senator Abdul Ningi had on Thursday, May 21, 2015 drawn their attention to.
Senator Ningi had also pleaded on the federal parliament to investigate into the issue with a perspective to fishing out the cause and the lasting solution to the crisis.
The Joint Committee said the invitation extended to the affected individuals, agencies and groups was therefore eminent in order to ensure adequate information that would be needed to write their report for submission to the whole house.