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Agency approves fuel supply to protesting Bakassi fishermen

By Tina Agosi Todo, Calabar
22 September 2022   |   4:15 am
Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has approved the request for supply of fuel to Bakassi fishermen in Cross River.

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Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has approved the request for supply of fuel to Bakassi fishermen in Cross River.

The Regional Coordinator of NMDPRA, South South, Mr. George Ene-Ita, stated this when the Chairman of Bakassi Council, Mr. Iyadim Iyadim, led a team of fishermen to his office to consider the approval.

Ene-Ita, who assured the council chairman of his full support in ensuring that fishermen get fuel for their engine boats, said the embargo was as a result of the cross border smuggling, which became an illegal business in the area.

He said the state government came up with a policy of prohibiting fuel stations located 25km to the border from lifting petroleum products.

The regional coordinator, however, assured that he would write a proposal to the management of NMDPRA with a view to bringing all critical stakeholders to deliberate on ways to resolve the matter.

The NMDPRA boss said: “The policy is a remedial measure to curb cross border smuggling. In the interim, approval will be given and the NMDPRA regional office will work out the modalities of the approval.

“Such approval will be subjected to the condition of holding the communities’ representatives accountable for any breach of product,” he said.

Earlier, the council chairman lamented that the activities of fishermen in the coastal communities were adversely affected because of the restriction order, noting that their source of livelihood, which is fishing, had been affected by the no-fuel-supply policy.

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