City Council accuses Nilepet of selling fuel to street venders

The City Council blames Nilepet fuel stations for selling fuel to the black market dealers.

Michael Ladu Allah-Jabu, the Chairperson of the Juba City Legislative Council told Juba Monitor on a phone interview that most fuel supplied by Nile Petroleum Corporation was not enough that is why people could not find fuel at most petrol stations in Juba.

“We need to regulate the management of fuel because it is affecting our work to stop street sellers because they need to take fuel from all fuel stations of Nile Petroleum Corporation,”

“When you look at Jubek Roundabout Petrol Station alone, the line of cars for fuel is very long,” he said.

He appealed to Nile Petroleum Corporation to stop street sale of fuel because the business is affecting the duties of the City Council.

He said the Economic Law of 2013 prohibits street sellers from operating in the streets of Juba.

“This morning street sellers of fuel in Gudele roads were fighting for fuel which is very risky to their lives and to us in the City Council of Juba,” Allah-Jabu added.

He urged Nilepet to take the responsibility of controlling people from selling fuel in the black-market and take measures against the clients who sell to street venders.

He said water supply could not reach other areas of Gudele due to shortage of fuel and that fuel shortage had made water tankers unable to reach some residents in Gudele.

Gudele residents complained of water shortage saying it could take two days for water tankers to reach them.

In a statement, Rose Juan, a resident of Gudele said there was no water in their area.

She appealed to the government to construct water sources in their areas in order to minimize water shortage in Gudele.

She said due to lack of boreholes and other water sources they only depend on water tankers which are not enough.

“At least when it rains we get rain water to help us, water is life without it people cannot live”.

“The government should make more plans for water projects,” she said.

The area Engineer for South Sudan Urban Water Corporation Eng. Mading Genyjan Dakba said they are waiting for the government and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project to respond to the Water Project in Juba.

“Since JICA has decided to close their project of water supply and treatment because of insecurity, we are waiting. The few areas that can get access to the clean treated water should continue getting their water”

He said the government and JICA should expedite Juba Water Project in order to complete the water project since 90 percent of the citizens get water directly from the River Nile.

“The residents of Juba should remain calm and bear the condition with us since we have a lot of crisis in the country,” Dakba added.

He emphasized that although the river water gets dirtier during rainy season, that doesn’t change the work of the corporation.

By Rose Keji Benjamin

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