Senate Summons NNPC Officials, Wants Products Lifted Via Rails


The Senate has called on
the Federal Government to continue the process of revamping the railways for easy movement of petroleum products.
The call, which followed a motion moved by Sen. Gbenga Ashafa (APC Lagos East), and co-sponsored by five other senators, was in response to recent petrol tanker explosions in some parts of the country,
The Senate also summoned the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to appear before the relevant Senate committees as soon as they were constituted.
It further urged the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to conduct regular training programmes for tanker drivers in addition to enforcing all existing road transport laws.
The President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki, said that NNPC must appear before the Senate committee to give account of the state of refineries and other structures under it.
He ruled that “the Federal Government should also provide the enabling environment for private refineries to exist and thrive.’’
In his contribution, Sen. Adeola Oremilekun (APC-Lagos West) said petrol tankers had caused so much havoc and as a result their movements should be properly regulated.
He called for the restriction of movement for such heavy duty vehicles during the day, saying, “‘we have lost so many lives to accidents caused by these tankers and as such they should be allowed to move only at night.“
On his part, Sen. George Akume (APC- Benue North-West) expressed sadness that the last 20 years had seen regular turnaround maintenance of the refineries and repair of pipelines without any visible results.
He called for the “turnaround maintenance of the nation’s refineries in such a way that Nigerians must have value for money spent“.
Sen. Shehu Sani (APC- Kaduna Central) expressed sadness over the loss of some 2,000 lives in the last 10 years to petrol tanker explosions.
He advised that while the rails were being revamped, the country must seek alternative and safer means of transporting products.
“No tanker driver will willingly want to take the lives of other Nigerians by exploding, so for me, the nation should seek safer means of transporting the products,’’ he said..