Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has revealed permanent solution to impending fuel scarcity being experienced in the country.
Dogara on Tuesday advocated for local refining of crude oil to make fuel available to all Nigerians, saying every other measure to put an end to the recurring problem of fuel scarcity will only work temporarily.
The Speaker disclosed this when he received the executive members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), at the National Assembly.
Dogara said fuel scarcity crisis would not be resolved permanently until refineries were functioning enough to refine crude locally to meet the demands of Nigerians.
He said, “Unless we are able to refine crude locally, we will never be in a position as a nation to say bye to fuel scarcity and that is the truth. Anyone who thinks we can depend on importation and still solve this problem is deceiving himself.
“You see, when you import, you are depending on so many variables. These variables are not within your control and anything can happen along the line that may result in this. The solution is to refine crude locally and end this shame once and for all.
“The final solution will be to refine this crude, put it in the filing station and say bye to fuel scarcity.
“I thank PENGASSAN for taking the right path by engaging with legislators on areas of concern on developments in the petroleum sector, dialogue between citizens in the form of associations, unions and civil society groups, and the legislature, will deepen the process of democracy by making the government more responsive to their demands.”