Filling station owners in Rivers State under the aegis of Liscenced Petroleum Products and Filling Station Owners Association have raised alarm over the incessant threats of insecurity to their business operations.
Chairman of the association, Comrade Sunny Nkpe who disclosed this during a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt at the weekend, decried the constant robbery attacks on filling stations in the State. He called on the Rivers State Government to intervene on the growing spate of insecurity which has made the petroleum tank farm owners an endangered specie.
Comrade Nkpe who described the situation as pathetic also called on security operatives in the state to come to the aid of the filling station owners by providing adequate security for them to carry out their business activities. We are deeply worried about the insecurity faced by our members who have invested in building petroleum filling stations. It is unfortunate that our business is being threatened by constant robbery attacks. I want to use this medium to call on the Rivers State Governor, Barr Nyesom Wike to come to our aid. We also want the security agencies to assist us in the provision of adequate security in the course of doing our businesses”.
Comrade Nkpe also expressed worry over the complaints of supply of low quality petroleum products in the market. He said the body was ready to partner with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other relevant stakeholders to address the issue of low quality petroleum products and warned tank farm operators to always ensure that they do not compromise standard in their business operations.