In an effort to stop acute fuel scarcity which hit Cross River State in recent past, the Calabar-based administration says it was partnering foreign expatriate to build its own Tank Farm and construct a fuel reserve that would last six months running.
The Commissioner for Petroleum Resources, Itaya Asuquo Nyong, disclosed this in a chat with our reporter yesterday, shortly after the commissioning of Agare Wills ultra-modern station.
Nyong said the state government had acquired a new vessel and that it would soon commence supply of petroleum products to tank farms in the state.
According to him, the acquisition of the vessel would ease scarcity, handle availability of petroleum products and checkmate the recurring fuel scarcity in the state.
He encouraged Cross Riverians to invest in the petroleum sector, adding that out of over 2, 000 fuel stations in the state, 95% were owned by non-Cross Riverians.
The commissioner, who lauded the management of Agare Wills for setting up the first ultra-modern fuel station in Calabar, further advised against adulterated petroleum products.
“Some cases of arson and other explosions in the past which claimed lives and destroyed valuable properties worth millions of Naira in the state were traced to adulterated products. Petroleum dealers should, in the interest of the lives of their staff, customers and the masses, always apply safety measures to avoid occurrences of mishaps in the future,” he said.