By Peter Usman
A former Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani, has mocked the federal government over the planned importation of petroleum products from Niger Republic.
Recall that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources had announced on Thursday that the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding for petroleum products transportation and storage.
According to the ministry, Niger Republic has some excess products which need to be evacuated and Nigeria has the market for the products.
The ministry noted that Nigeria hopes to have a long-lasting and sustainable commercial framework to have a pipeline from the Soraz Refinery in Niger into the country so that a depot can be developed.
Reacting to this development, Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the last Senate, said the planned importation of petrol from Niger Republic is to waste foreign exchange.
He also mocked the federal government for banning the importation of Rice from Niger Republic.
“We disapproved the importation of Rice from Niger Republic to save foreign exchange; We approved the importation of petroleum products from Niger Republic to waste foreign exchange,” he wrote on his Twitter page on Friday.