28 Jun 2015 09:40am
OSHAANGO, 28 JUN (NAMPA) Mines and Energy Deputy Minister, Kornelia Shilunga officially inaugurated the Oshaango Medium Service Station at the Oshaango village in the Ohangwena Regions Eenhana Constituency on Friday.
In her official address, she said oil products, especially transportation fuel, will continue to play a key role in the national economic growth.
This is what makes the retail business exciting and challenging, Shilunga noted, adding that a stable and sustainable retail sector is imperative to economic growth.
She said the ministry regularly revisits the level of retail margins in order to ensure stability and sustainability in the retail sector.
With the change in the regulation of the retail industry, Shilunga said, the industry was given a certain amount of freedom to prepare and implement their market plans, selection of dealers and opening of new sites.
According to her, the Oshaango Medium Service Station is a classic example of a different business and investment model that is for low-volume petrol stations located in rural areas.
It entails low initial capital outlay and low operation and maintenance costs without compromising basic health, safety and environmental aspects, Shilunga noted.
Oshaango Medium Service Station, worth N.dollars 2 million, is part of the Petro Afrika company that has established similar service stations at the Elambo and Okankolo rural centres of the Oshikoto Region.
Managing Director (MD) of Petro Afrika, Isaiah Kavendjii told those present that his companys establishment of medium service stations are aimed at addressing the needs of Namibian people, especially the rural population that is under-serviced.
Petro Afrika also established a similar fuel station at the Okongo settlement in the east of the Ohangwena Region, while a new one will be constructed in that region at the Uushake village in the near future.
Kavendjii said his companys provision of service stations to rural areas is seeking to bring the petroleum market closer to the rural people, who have to travel long distances to reach petrol stations in urban centres.
Oshaango Medium Service Station franchiser, Nicky Shikongo said his station started operations already in March this year.
The station has thus far created six jobs for the local people.