FG begins probe of dirty fuel importation, car damage reports


The Federal Government on Wednesday began a probe of the importation process of the polluted product.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sylva, who spoke after the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President at the State House, Abuja, said, “The issue did not come up in Council, but of course, you will recall I was here yesterday to brief Mr President on the issue. I’m not in a position to disclose the identities of the companies, but there are some issues and we are actively tackling it.

“Nobody has, before now, checked for methanol in our fuel, it’s not very usual, and this is the first time this is happening, and NNPC is very much up to the task. I will also convey your question to the NNPC and maybe the Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority, but we’re actively handling it, and I want to assure you that the problem will be a thing of the past very soon.”

Sylva hinted that the government would look into possible compensation for Nigerians whose automobiles had been damaged by the contaminated fuel.

On possible sanctions for the errant companies, he said, “I didn’t expect you to rush to any conclusions. There’ll be a major investigation to unravel everything, and then let’s really get to the bottom of it before we can come back and tell you what is going to happen to the culprits.

“We know that some people’s vehicles must have also been damaged; that is also going to be taken into consideration in dealing with the situation.”

The Minister of State also revealed the approval granted to his ministry by the Council to construct the 17-storey local content building in Yenagoa at N1.82bn.

In his presentation, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said FEC approved a contract to replace aviation operation bridges at airports for N12,097,215,800.09.

Also speaking at the post-FEC briefing was the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who disclosed that the Council approved granting of citizenship to 286 foreign nationals out of the 600 who submitted applications.
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