The failure of the subsidy according to the letter has incurred losses to petroleum dealers resulting in their inability to timely supply petrol and diesel.
Motorists have been left stranded in the country after a sudden shortage of fuel since Sunday last week when hundreds of motorists queued for hours at fuel stations across the country to buy few liters of fuel.
Dr. Sandy added that they had no indication of the seeming shortage of petroleum products, and that the government had no indication that such will happen at the time it did.
Dr. Sandy pointed out that the first reason given by the dealers during their engagement on Monday was that the Total fuel station’s tanker that was meant to have landed two days ago was delayed at high sea as a result of it being attacked by pirates.
He disclosed that they have engaged petroleum to resolve the issue and that the meeting was fruitful, adding that the dealers have communicated the challenges which they need addressed.
Total fuel station according to Dr. Sandy has imported a boat-full of petroleum products which landed on Tuesday. “LEONCO also has a boat in; and NP is also coming with a shipment of petroleum. “I want to believe that going into the festive season, everybody should be very pleased to know that petroleum products will be available,” he said.
The need for dialogue between the government and the private sector should be fluid especially in petroleum product matters because any scarcity artificial or real can create a huge negative impact on the economy.
“I am not speculating because we are still investigating, somebody has purposely tried to spread false information via a letter on social media. A lot of issues raised in the letter had actually been addressed, so I wonder why bring it up,” he added.