December 23, 2015

Depot owners urge Amaechi to intervene over lease of jetty

Depot owners urge Amaechi to intervene over lease of jetty


By Benjamin Njoku

Owners of fuel depots, under the aegis of Petroleum Product Depot Owners Association,PPDOA, have called on the Minister of Transport, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi,  to intervene following the lease of the Waziri Jetty and its adjoining land by the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA.

Addressing newsmen in Lagos, the association said that the lease, which was granted to NIPCO, was carried out at the expense of five other local firms, namely, A-Z Petroleum, Energy Destination, Hensmor, G-Eurafric, Aiteo, using the facility to deliver petroleum products.

Speaking on behalf of members of the association, the Executive Secretary of the association, Patricia Okereke, expalined that  the lease was sealed in 2013 by the NPA despite a standing court order restraining it from leasing the jetty and its adjoining land.

According to her, “We appeal to all the authorities concerned, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari, to call the NPA, NIPCO and the PPDOA to a roundtable and find out why the NPA would grant a lease of the Waziri Jetty to a foreign firm against the interest of four indigenous companies.”