Thursday, January 04, 2017 9.00AM / Proshare WebTV
The attention of the Senate has been drawn to a claim
said to have been made by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba
Kyari, during a meeting with stakeholders in the oil industry on the perennial
fuel scarcity in the country to the effect that the payment of debt owed
to oil marketers was being delayed because the National Assembly has not
approved request presented to the legislature for loan meant for that purpose.
The Senate would want members of the public to know
that no such request has been made to it specifically requesting for loan meant
for payment to oil marketers.
The Senate is aware that subsidy on petroleum had been
cancelled by this administration; so we wonder which payment we are talking
Senators have been inundated with calls from oil
marketers who were present at the meeting with the Chief of Staff to the
President on the issue and thus, we call on Mallam Kyari to either prove his
claim or retract it.
It should be noted that a similar claim was made by
the Minister of Finance on the foreign loan at a time the Presidency had not
forwarded the request. The letter requesting for the foreign loan was submitted
long after she was confronted with the fact.
It is the opinion of the Senate that instead of
resorting to false claims and shifting blames in the mould of ' Blame Someone
Else', both the executive and legislature should work together to solve this
unecessary fuel crisis which is making life more difficult for our people.
That is why members of the Senate Committee on
Petroleum (Downstream) were mandated by the Senate President to suspend their
recess and embark on ovesight visits to key areas in the sector while it would
today (Thursday, Jan. 4th) hold an investigative
public hearing with all stakeholders aimed at finding solution to the problem
of fuel scarcity.