The Senate recently dismissed a motion that called for an investigation into the deteriorating state of the nation’s refineries, despite the government having spent trillions of naira on their maintenance.
During a plenary session, the motion was presented by Karimi Steve, a senator representing Kogi West. Mr. Steve urged the Senate to form an ad-hoc committee to scrutinize the contracts awarded for rehabilitating all four government-owned refineries between 2010 and 2023.
He also requested that the committee visit the refineries to assess their conditions, prevent wastage of resources, combat corruption, and question officials from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) regarding their role in the refineries’ failure to produce oil. Furthermore, Mr. Steve proposed that the committee invite managers from NNPC and other petroleum agencies to present their plans for adopting green energy sources in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
He emphasized the exorbitant amount of money spent on refinery renovations and fuel subsidies, along with the alarming operating costs of the refineries. However, despite his efforts, the motion and prayers were rejected by most of the senators who spoke.
As a result, Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced that the motion would be set aside until President Bola Tinubu appointed relevant ministers.