The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) has alleged that the House of Representatives probe panel on fuel subsidy did not do a thorough investigation becoming out with their findings, insisting that they did not take pain to visit the depots, refineries, Central Bank and other agencies to verify and assess claims.
President of the union, Comrade Igwe Achese, revealed this at a recent press conference in Lagos.
“NUPENG was vehement in the condemnation of the use of brief case carriers as allotees to the importation of petroleum products. However, we make bold to say that the probe panel did not do a thorough investigation before coming out with their findings,” said.
Achese maintained that the union strongly condemned the high level of corruption and rot in the system and called on executive arm of government not to bury the report but to conduct a thorough investigation without witch-hunting anybody.
On Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), NUPENG said it was disappointed that PIB was yet to be re-tabled before the National Assembly, just as the union expressed its fears concerning the authentic version of the Bill.
“Even the committee set up by the federal government to fine-tune the report for presentation to the National Assembly is conducting its affairs in secrecy. We call for a stakeholders meeting in order to iron out the grey areas,” it added.
Achese further maintained that government should do everything possible to make refineries work in order to reduce importation of refined products to barest level.
Meanwhile, the union complained of insecurity to lives and property in the country, especially in Niger Delta.
NUPENG therefore warned that if the trend of kidnapping in Niger Delta went on checked, it will take action in its own way, adding that it finds it difficult to understand why the state governments in the region and security agencies have failed to check the criminals.