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Bill to decentralize kerosine distribution suffers setback in Senate

Channels Television  
Updated October 4, 2012

A bill which seeks to decentralize kerosine distribution has suffered setback in the Senate.

The bill seeks for direct allocation of kerosine from the Petroleum Pipeline Marketing Company (PPMC) to peddlers.

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu (PDP Abia) stressed that if passed into law, the bill would help stabilize the price of kerosine as well as ameliorate difficulties associated with kerosine distribution to rural areas.

Other lawmakers however did not support the bill on the grounds that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) currently before the National Assembly seeks to encourage total deregulation of the downstream sector.

Speaking against the bill, Senator Ahmad Lawan (ANPP Yobe) said supporting the bill would be encouraging inefficiency in the distribution of kerosene in the country.