By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”NIGERIAN National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has been handed a 21-day ultimatum within which to ensure that its mega floating station built on the waterways in Buguma community three years ago commences operations.
Handing down the ultimatum, a repentant militant leader and one of the former commanders of Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Sobomabo Jackreec, a.k.a Egberipapa, said the station was at the moment a rip off on the economy of the country, as it was not serving its purpose.
He said three years after it was erected, the station was yet to dispense petroleum products to Buguma and other neighboring communities in the area.
According to him, the most shocking aspect is that they still supply diesel weekly to the station to keep it running when it has never dispensed products to the community.
â€œThe mega floating station at Buguma has never worked for once, three years after it was built. We welcomed the idea when they brought it because we expected it would save Kalabari areas the hassle of going to look for fuel in Port Harcourt.
â€œAs the commander in charge of the area, I ensured when the project was being constructed, that they did not suffer any harassment.
â€œThree years now, the station has been there, it has never dispensed petroleum products. Then of what use is it? The surprising thing is that contractors still supply diesel to the place. And management of the place claim they pay for security of the project. It is a clear rip off.”
He said people were becoming agitated that the filling station had become a conduit to siphon public fund, and challenged NNPC management to prove otherwise by ensuring that the station began to dispense products within the next three weeks.