Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva finally speaks on adulterated fuel

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Barely over three days, since fuel scarcity started to loom across the country, especially in Lagos and Abuja with evidence of long ques at various filling stations, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva has promised that an investigation will be launched into the influx of adulterated fuel in Nigeria.

The investigation will uncover why there was a large quantity of methanol in petrol imported into the country.

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Speaking at a media briefing after the Federal Executive Council meeting in the State House on Wednesday, February 9, the Minister who refused to disclose the identities of the companies involved, said they will be made known after the investigations are concluded.

Sylva said;

“There will be a major investigation to unravel everything. We need to get to the bottom of it before we can come back to tell you what will happen to the culprits.”

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When asked if companies found culpable will be blacklisted, the Minister said the federal government is not in a rush to mete out any measures until the actual cause has been uncovered.

Sylva also said they will be considering Nigerians whose cars have been damaged after buying the adulterated fuel.

He said;

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“We know that some people’s vehicles must have been damaged, that is also going to the taken into consideration in dealing with the situation.”

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