The House of Representatives was on Thursday riled over the importation of large quantity of adulterated fuel into the country, and subsequently called on the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, to suspend the four companies that allegedly imported the noxious product.
The lower legislative chamber also mandated its committee on petroleum downstream to investigate the release and sale of the off-spec Premium Motor Spirit by petrol stations across the country, to bring the culprits to book.
The issue was raised on Thursday as a motion of urgent public importance by the Chief Whip of the House, Mohammed Monguno.
The NNPC GMD on Wednesday explained how ‘adulterated’ Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was imported from Belgium, and listed the companies – MRS, Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium, Oando, and Duke Oil responsible.
He said NNPC investigation revealed the presence of Methanol in PMS cargoes of the companies.
Members of the House of Reps during the plenary on Thursday also expressed concern over the effect of that adulterated petrol on vehicles and how the cost of transportation, goods, and service has increased.
Some of the lawmakers lamented that the system is completely compromised, considering the processes which the fuel must go through before reaching the fuel stations.
They asked that Nigerians whose vehicles and equipment were directly affected by the adulterated fuel be compensated.