The need to say the truth is always necessary in everything we do in Nigeria because lies have boxed us to the wrong corner and the Senate sees that necessity, as it hears issues around fuel scarcity that brought hardship on Nigerians during the yuletide.  

At the hearing of the Senate Committee on Downstream Petroleum holding in Abuja on Thursday, the Senate said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and others that would be addressing it would take an oath before they speak.

"My colleagues and I have agreed that anybody that is going to speak will be put under oath. So that we know that what he is saying is the truth, and nothing but the truth.” Senator Kabiru Marafa told everyone at the hearing.

He is the Chairman Senate Committee on Downstream Petroleum, and his comment came after he made the opening prayer.

"Nigeria has witnessed another fuel scarcity.

"This Committee was summoned from recess to unravel the situation that led to this ugly incident."

"This session is open for us to hear from all the stakeholders.

"Our assignment is to look at the fuel crisis, how it came about, why it lasted so long, and how we can prevent it in the future," he stressed in his speech.

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Other Senators present at the Senate fuel scarcity probe are Rose Oko, Tayo Alasoadura, Bassey Akpan, Foster Ogola, Isah Misau, Binta Masi, Chukwuka Utazi, Aliyu Sabi and Philip Aduda.

Other concerned persons including the minister were introduced by Senator Marafa after he listed the rules of the public hearing.

Dr. Kachikwu would be the first to speak to the Senate on the steps that his ministry and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had taken to address the fuel scarcity.

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