HOUSE OF REPS MOVES TO REGULARISE THE PUMP PRICE OF KEROSENE

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[Abuja]–Following the adoption of a motion on Wednesday titled, “Need to Arrest the Resurgence of Kerosene Explosion with Attendant Fatalities’’, sponsored by Hon. Agbo Dennis (Enugu-PDP), the Federal House of Representatives, had urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and other relevant agencies, to urgently regularise the supply of kerosene nationwide in order to normalise its pump price.

The House also mandated its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to liaise with relevant agencies to investigate the high cost of the product and  unravel the root cause of kerosene explosions in the country.

According to Dennis “There is always a nexus between the high cost of kerosene, its adulteration with cheaper fuel and the attendant fatalities from explosions.”

Dennis, while condemning the recent kerosene explosion in Ngenevu Area of Coal Camp in Enugu metropolis on January 30 which killed one Mr. Hillary Ngwoke, his pregnant wife and son, said that Nigerians are being confronted with double tragedy of high cost of kerosene which sells at N260 per liter and danger from kerosene adulteration.

He then urged the house to quickly arrest the situation and provide solution to the problem.

Contributing to the debate, Hon. Toby Okechukwu said the mercenary for quality control in dispensing of petroleum products should be put in place.

Okechukwu said that kerosene must be dispensed by authorised marketers to check the rate of kerosene explosions.

Hon. Emmanuel Orker-Jev called on the regulators to improve on the policing strategies to curb the menace.

“Whatever the differential is, I believe the regulators ought to do enough policing to discourage those who adulterate the product,’’ Orker-Jev said.

Ruling on the matter, Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, mandated the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation and report back to the House in four weeks.




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