In order to address the perennial problem of fuel scarcity, the House of Representatives Thursday urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) to establish and equip more depots across the country.
The lower chamber said this will strictly regulate the operations of private depot owners across the country.
This followed the adoption of a motion on the ‘Need to establish more petrol depots in Nigeria sponsored by Hon. Uju Kingsley.
While presenting the motion, Hon Kingsley noted that there were insufficient depots to store petroleum products in Nigeria.
He said an estimated 100 million litres of bad petrol imported in Nigeria have caused fuel scarcity in Nigeria with the consequent effect of adulteration of the product by roadside black market vendors.
Kingsley lamented that the proliferation of adulterated petrol had caused severe damage to vehicle engines and inflicted more pains on the people and despite seeming efforts to address the fuel scarcity, long queues and shortage of the product still persist at fuelling stations across the country.
The lawmaker added that according to media reports, in a rare admission of responsibility, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited accepted that there had been a lapse in its supply chain.