Aregbesola to partner Bovas in tackling fuel scarcity
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has hinted of a plan by his administration to address perennial fuel scarcity in the state through collaboration with the management of Bovas Petroleum Nigeria Limited, an independent petroleum marketing company.
The governor, who spoke during a meeting with the management of Bovas in his office, led by its Managing Director and Chief Executive, Mrs Victoria Adunola Samson said the state needed at least 55 trucks of 33,000 litres of petrol daily, lamented that it was alarming to find out that the state gets less than 10 trucks per day, pointing out that this quantity is below what the state needs to survive daily.
This was contained in a statement signed by the media adviser to Aregbesola, Mr Sola Fasure, which was made available to the Tribune Online in Osogbo, on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the governor maintained that the meeting was part of his administration’s effort to relieve the pains being experienced by the citizens in accessing and purchasing the product as it remains the most important commodity for all categories of people in the state.
It reads, “as a government, we want to do everything possible to put an end to the protracted fuel scarcity in our state and we are ready to work with Bovas Petroleum to achieve this.I know that Bovas Petroleum has a direct link with NNPC and I am particularly thrilled that the company sells its products even below the official pump price, which is highly commendable.”
“We want to work with this company to improve the daily supply of petroleum to our state and as well guarantee the product in every nook and cranny of our state. There is no doubting the fact that Osun needs about 55 trucks laden with 33,000 litres of petrol every day to meet its needs, but it is unfortunate that we get less than 10 trucks.”
“We are setting in motion the machinery that will facilitate the realisation of our objectives to guarantee a steady supply of petrol to our people”, the statement added.
Speaking earlier, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Bovas Petroleum Nigeria Limited, Mrs Victoria Adunola Samson, lauded Aregbesola for striving very hard to rescue the state and her people from the present hardship being faced in accessing and purchasing petroleum in the state.
She asserted that “I am really touched to find out that the governor cares for the people of the state by striving very hard to ensure that Osun gets enough supply of petroleum products to ease the sufferings of motorists and commuters. Though we have had a comprehensive discussion on this but all I discovered is that he (Aregbesola) simply loves his people and he doesn’t want them to lack anything that is why he wants us to bring enough supply to Osun so as to halt the scarcity.”
“To this end, we are ready to partner the state to increase on the supply capacity as we are promising to do our best to improve on the supply of petroleum to Osun so as to alleviate the suffering,” Samson concluded.