The House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee investigating the Turn around Maintenance of the nation’s four refineries has urged the Federal Government to withhold 1.8 billion dollars earmarked for the exercise.
Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee, Garba Datti, made the call at a news briefing in Abuja, saying the fund should only be released after the conclusion of the committee’s investigation.
He said that the committee would find a way of resolving the epileptic operations of the four refineries in the country “in the course of our investigation” which will last three months.
Datti described the committee’s assignment as “a sensitive investigation that requires time”.
On the committee’s terms of reference, Datti said it had the mandate to ascertain the viability of continuing investments in the nation’s four refineries and allocation of 445,000 barrels per day of crude oil to the refineries.
On the lingering fuel scarcity in the country, the former Deputy Minority Whip in the House, said Nigeria remained the only country that is a member of OPEC that is importing fuel.