By Cecilia Ijuo
Abuja – The Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has called on stakeholders in the oil and gas industry not sabotage Nigerians during the Christmas through making products scarce.
In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Uzodinma pointed out that some people were playing politics with the distribution of petroleum products through hoarding and diversions.
He said the scarcity coming at a time Christians were preparing to join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate the birth of Christ, smacked of a great disservice to Nigerians.
The lawmaker added that from statistics available to his committee, “the volume of petroleum products imported into the country can serve motorists until the first quarter of next year.
“Christians all over the world and indeed Nigeria hold the Christmas period dear to their hearts and nobody or group of persons should be seen to be sabotaging this all important feast.’’
He called on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to carry out thorough investigation into the scarcity with a view to sanctioning erring dealers.
According to him, since the increase in pump price of fuel in the last two years, there has been steady supply of petrol in the filling stations.
He further called on NNPC to consider extending its searchlight on possible sabotage within its management to fish out those bent on frustrating government effort.
Uzodinma appealed to Nigerians to remain calm and be faithful in God in the spirit of the season.(NAN)