The state-owned Nile Petroleum Corporation (NILEPET) has announced it will take full ownership of fueling stations in Juba.
This was revealed Tuesday by Bernard Amuor Makeny, Managing Director of NILEPET in Juba.
“We agreed to forge new relations and observably make sure that all these stations are legally and lawfully owned by NILEPET in cooperation with the state government,” Amuor said after meeting with Emmanuel Adil Anthony Governor of Central Equatoria State on Tuesday.
NILEPET has previously been operating fuel retailing stations in the capital, but former managing director Dr. Chol Deng shut down most of them in 2018.
Amuor said some of these petrol stations operated in Mobil, Custom, and Gumbo-Sherikat have been operating under immense difficulties.
“Central Equatoria State has been very patient with NILEPET for running these petro stations without a proper legal framework,” he said.
“As one government, the state government and the national government have discussed clearly how we can cooperate so that the rights of people can follow the right procedures and all state regulations,” Amuor added.
Wani Tom Sebit, Central Equatoria State Minister of Trade and Industry said the meeting also discussed ways to control fuel prices.
Sebit also welcomed NILEPET’s plans to invest into the fuel sector as it will go a long way in mitigating fuel shortage in the country.
“The government of Central Equatoria and all of us are willing to cooperate to make sure that the dreams the new managing director of NILPET and his team have are achieved,” he said.