The recent discovery of adulterated and unfit gasoline continues to cause a stir in the country. The development has led to a shortage of gasoline in our major cities, as queues have since returned to many gas stations.
NNPC Group (GMD) Managing Director Mele Kyari accused some oil distributors of importing the poisonous fuel.
President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the House of Representatives have called for an investigation into this act of shame. This is a welcome development.
The oil industry in which the country has a comparative advantage has over the years become a cesspool of corruption.
The country’s inability to have functioning refineries has resulted in the emergence of many importers who collude with some government officials to operate the system.
With the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Nigerians expect nothing less than an efficient and transparent industry.
The circulation of adulterated gasoline, with its destructive consequences for our automobiles and our ecosystem, should serve as a wake-up call to the government. Unless the fuel import issue is fully resolved by creating more private refineries, toxic or unclean premium motor gasoline will still find its way into the country.
Ibrahim Mustapha Pambegua, Kaduna State