FG to approve fuel supply to Bakassi fishermen
The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says it will consider a request for fuel supply to fishermen in the Bakassi local government area of Cross River.
George Ene-Ita, the regional coordinator of NMDPRA, South-South, said this when the chairman of Bakassi, Iyadim Iyadim, led a delegation of fishermen to his office.
Mr Ene-Ita said he would write a proposal to the management of NMDPRA to bring all critical stakeholders to deliberate on the matter.
According to him, the cross-border smuggling had necessitated the government to prohibit fuel stations located 25km to the border from lifting petroleum products.
“The policy is a temporal remedial measure to curb cross-border smuggling. In the interim, approval will be given, and the modalities of the approval will be worked out by the NMDPRA regional office,” said Mr Ene-Ita. “Such approval will be subjected to the condition of holding the communities representatives accountable for any breach of product.”
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