A crucial meeting between the Senate and top officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will hold on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

The meeting was scheduled after the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) was asked to cut short its recess and immediately and convene a meeting with stakeholders in the industries.

The aim is to address the fuel scarcity that has made Christmas a tough one for Nigerians.

It was a demand made by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Thursday.

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Dr. Saraki said the decision was in a bid to end the ongoing fuel crisis and the untold hardship it was presently unleashing on Nigerians.

The demand was contained in a statement from Saraki’s Media Office.

Unsavoury Development

Consequently, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), Senator Kabiru Marafa, said the committee had invited the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr Maikanti Baru and other relevant stakeholders to a crucial meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

Marafa said the meeting would address the lingering fuel scarcity bedevilling Nigeria in the last few weeks with a view to putting a complete stop to the unsavoury development.

The Senate, which is presently on Christmas and New Year break was billed to resume committee work for budget defence on January 9, and commence plenary on January16.

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The suspension of the recess came hours after oil marketers said they were working hard to end the scarcity, but said the NNPC would have to sustain its supply to marketers that is ongoing.

In the midst of the situation, transport fare has doubled within states and even higher when an individual is making an inter-state journey, making it difficult for Nigerians to travel to see their loved ones this Christmas.