Hon. Onofiok Luke, member representing Etinan/Nsit Ubium/Nsit Ibom federal constituency.

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A member of the National Assembly representing Etinan /Nsit Ibom /Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Hon. Onofiok Luke, has recommended the establishment and licensing of modular refineries as panacea for adulterated fuel in the country.

Hon. Luke stated this while contributing to a debate on a matter of urgent public importance seeking to investigate the importation, procurement, release and sale of adulterated fuel into the country brought before the House by representatives by Hon. Mohammed Monguno.

The Lawmaker said the present situation calls for government to support relevant agencies for the establishment of modular refineries and rehabilitation of existing refineries, adding that the establishment and licensing of modular refineries will aid in refining crude oil for use by Nigerians.

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According to Luke; “Nigeria as a whole has been faced with so many challenges in the different sectors of the economy which has made life difficult, even in accessing healthcare, even in education, even in security and today because of adulterated fuel we are adding additional hardship to Nigerians”.

“The things that Nigerians should access freely without any challenges are becoming an issue, are becoming a big burden on them. One of the things we must do to bring back the confidence of Nigerians in government and most especially the legislature is the position we must take in this matter”.

The Lawmaker called for a decisive decision by the House to ensure erring parties are held accountable so that Nigerians can know they have a voice in governance.

Hon. Luke also called for the sanctioning of the regulatory agencies as the NNPC has already acknowledged sabotage, adding that those saddled with the responsibility of inspecting the product at the point of loading and offloading should check adulteration of the product.