The Federal Government (FG) has disclosed the reason behind the current fuel scarcity and the resultant panic buying of petrol in some parts of Lagos and Abuja.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, February 8, by the CEO of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Agency, Mr. Farouk Ahmed who said methanol quantity above Nigeria’s specification was discovered in a supply chain, which has since been isolated.
Mr Ahmed said while the quality control agencies of the government have swung into action, NNPC Limited and oil marketers have been directed to ensure a robust supply of petroleum products.
The FG also assured that the limited quantity of the affected product has been withdrawn from the market.
It also assured that oil marketers had been directed to ensure a sufficient supply of petrol in all outlets all over the country.
Part of the statement read, “NMDPRA wishes to inform the public that a limited quantity of petrol; with methanol quantities above Nigeria’s specification was discovered in the supply chain.
“Methanol is a regular additive in petrol and is usually blended in an acceptable quantity.
“To ensure vehicular and equipment safety the limited quantity of the impacted product has been isolated; and withdrawn from the market including loaded trucks in transit.”
The FG assured that a technical team in conjunction with NNPC will monitor; and ensure quality [petroleum products are adequately supplied.
“The source supplier has been identified and further commercial and appropriate actions shall be taken by the authority and NNPC Ltd.
“Meanwhile, NNPC Ltd has intensified efforts at increasing the supply of petrol into the market; in order to bridge any unforeseen supply gap.”
Meanwhile, the House of Reps has urged the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC); to regulate activities of online drug advertisers and sellers in Nigeria.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Onofiok Luke (PDP-Akwa-Ibom) at Tuesday’s plenary, February 8, in Abuja.
Presenting the motion, Luke said that there was a need to regulate online advertisers and sellers of drugs; because were delivering marketing messages to an unidentified and intended audience.
Luke stated that this was designed to persuade the targeted customers to engage in a specific action including making a purchase.