Petroleum depot owners urge President Buhari to reopen jetty shut by NPA

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A group known as Petroleum Products Depot Owners Association (PPDOA) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Waziri Jetty in Lagos which has been shut down by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).

The association has said the jetty was shut down by the Ports Manager, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu, and have lamented an obstruction on the ease of doing business in the Petroleum sector.

This was contained in a release signed by the Executive Secretary, PPDOA, Barr. (Mrs) Okere on Wednesday.

At a media briefing with energy journalists in Lagos, the group said, “We are here to tell the good and hardworking people of Nigeria that the Port Manager Apapa Ports Complex, Lagos, Mrs Olufunmilayo Bolanle Olotu, has closed the Waziri Jetty in fragrant disobedience to a subsisting court injunction protecting our business from such debilitating and wanton action.

“The Ports Manager has taken up illegalities against this common user facility of the Waziri Jetty and should not interfere with our petroleum business by preventing use and/or access to the Waziri Jetty.”

The group alleged that a portion of land that was earmarked for installation of a fire service point was leased out to one Leader Marketing for container business.

Reports from the group say disagreements and unfounded rumours from the leasing team led to the padlocking of the jetty.

This action, according to the group, meant the Ports Manager has wielded extra powers to her office on rights to use the Jetty.

The release further read in part: “Mrs Olotu’s actions in flouting the existing injunction and padlocking the jetty has interfered with our business; and the livelihood that the masses derive from it.

“Her actions directly prevent continuation of our petroleum business operations ”

While concluding, the group said the incessant fire occurrence in the gas and energy sectors of the country would be worsened if the only portion reserved for fire prevention is denied them.

They were also of the view that their demands are premised on their role in the provision of petroleum products to the country.

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