The Department of State Services has given Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and other stakeholders in the downstream sector 48 hours to end the lingering fuel scarcity across the country.
Addressing journalists at the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, 8 December, 2022, its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, said they held a closed door meeting with stakeholders who agreed to end the scarcity.
He said all DSS commands had been placed on red alert and would commence operations to bring defaulters to book.
Afunanya said the service summoned the meeting and subsequently issued the ultimatum based on its mandate of
detecting and preventing threats against the internal security of the country.
He said, “Today we held a meeting with NNPLC and other stakeholders in the down steam sector which include: the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, depot operators among others.
“We were clear and told them enough is enough on the lingering fuel scarcity. We told them they should resolve the hurdles right away. Nigerians have rights to have access to petroleum products. We told them we would not continue to tolerate the scarcity.
“You might be wondering what our business is on this issue. Don’t forget the Constitution charged us with the mandate of detecting and preventing any threat against our internal security.