By Obas Esiedesa
The Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA) has assured that it would work with the government to ensure hitch free supply of petroleum products across the country.
Speaking to journalists at the end of the association’s board of trustees meeting in Abuja on Thursday, Mr. Abdullahi Idris said NOGASA was working to end issues of product adulteration, bunkering and diversion in the sector.
NOGASA, he explained, is aimed at uniting all suppliers in Nigeria to ensure the ease of supply oil and gas product in the country.
According to him, “This will help to clean up the system because the system has so many challenges. We educate our members to ensure an end to the issue of adulterated products in the market and bring sanity to the system
“We are tired of the issues of low quality, product scarcity, diversion of product to outside of the country. Most of members do not understand the working of the industry. They obtain licences and built filling stations and start supplying products to companies”.
He said the group would work to bring to an end the challenges of bunkering the country, assuring that the group would support the government to ensure that fuel scarcity do not occur again in the country.
“The oil and gas business in Nigeria is going down daily. There is the issue of subsidy which many people do not understand how it works. Whether is working or not, people should understand it.
“The responsibility of government today is becoming too much simply because the government has no support. Everybody is working alone but the association has come give the government a united support. This will ensure the end of the fuel scarcity”.
On his part, the NOGASA BoT Secretary, Chief Edison Nwosu said the group would soon conduct elections into its executive with nomination forms expected to be out on Monday next week.
“By Monday all other suppliers who have not got their forms should come to the secretariat or any other designated centre to collect their forms to be part of the election”, he added.
The new executives are expected to be inaugurated on July 21 2018.