President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that those responsible for importing the “contaminated petrol” that was said to have higher than normal amounts of methanol, should be held accountable for their actions.
This was made known in a statement released on behalf of the President by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant on media and publicity.
The statement read “In a reaction to the issue of petroleum product shortages linked to the inadvertent supply of products of foreign origin into the Nigerian market, President Buhari said the protection of consumer interests is a priority of the present administration and is ready to take all necessary measures to protect consumers from hazardous products, loss or injuries from the consumption of substandard goods,”
It further stated that “The President directed that in line with the law, service providers must make full disclosure of relevant information with respect to the consumption of their products and that dissatisfied consumers are entitled to a proper redress of their complaints.”
Buhari also directed that all relevant government agencies should “take every step in line with the laws of the country to ensure the respect and protection of consumers against market abuses and social injustices”.
You would recall that, Mele Kyari, the general managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, had said MRS, Oando, Emadeb Consortium, and Duke Oil, a subsidiary of NNPC, were the suppliers of the contaminated products.