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Petrol import: Buhari orders importers probe, sanction



…CSO gives agency heads 7 days to resign

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that appropriate sanctions be meted to producers and providers of consumable products as a way of making them accountable for substandard services and or products sold by them.

  Buhari mad the point while issuing directives to Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and other relevant government agencies to take probe those behind the importation of adulterated fuel into Nigerian market.

  According to the president, NNPC should every step in line with the laws of the country to ensure the respect and protection of consumers against market abuses and social injustices.

  President Buhari said protection of consumer interests is a priority of the present administration and is ready to take all necessary measures to protect consumers from hazardous products, loss or injuries from the consumption of substandard goods.

  The president directed that in line with the law, service providers must make full disclosure of relevant information with respect to the consumption of their products and that dissatisfied consumers were entitled to a proper redress of their complaints.

  Barely four months after his appointment, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Mr. Farouk Ahmed, has been asked to resign, over his role in the importation of adulterated Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) currently in circulation in Nigeria.

  Also asked to resign within seven days, is Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, for negligence.

  A Pro-Nigeria Civil Society Organisation (CSO) known as Nigeria First, in a statement issued today morning by its National Coordinator, Mr. Augustine Richard-Adie and Board of Trustees Chairman, Philip Agbese said the inactions of both heads of regulatory agencies have caused Nigerians untold hardship and brought serious embarrassment to President Muhammad Buhari.

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