Senate Alarmed by Substandard Fuel Imports, Launches Probe

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Senate Alarmed by Substandard Fuel Imports, Launches Probe
The Upper Chamber has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the importation of hazardous petroleum products into Nigeria.

Senators on Wednesday raised concerns about low-quality petrol (PMS) and diesel (AGO) flooding the Nigerian market.

Senator Asuquo Ekpeyong highlighted a report exposing the export of 12 diesel cargoes (totalling 660 kilotons) from refineries to Togo in June 2024, with Nigeria suspected to be the main re-importation destination. This diesel reportedly fails to meet Nigerian standards for flash point and sulfur content.

Though the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) recently tightened import regulations, Ekpeyong alleges they’re failing to enforce them. The Senate has formed an ad-hoc committee to investigate this alleged “dumping” of substandard fuel and potential sabotage of the Petroleum Industry Act’s (PIA) objectives.

Lawmakers expressed anger and demanded accountability, emphasizing legal consequences for those involved.

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, echoed calls to revisit the PIA’s provisions, not for punitive reasons, but to ensure its effectiveness.

The committee, led by the Senate leader, has three weeks to complete its investigation and report back.

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