06 Dec 2018 10:10am
OSHAKATI, 06 DEC (NAMPA) Angolan fuel does not meet Namibian standards and cannot be sold and/or stored in its current form anywhere in the country, the deputy minister of Mines and Energy has said.
Kornelia Shilunga said this at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Wednesday when she held an information sharing session on illegal fuel smuggling on Wednesday.
This follows an increase of Angolan-produced fuel sold illegally at Oshikango, Engela, Ongenga, Eenhana, Outapi, and Oshakati in northern Namibia.
Shilunga stated the possibility that smugglers are operating in other parts of the northern regions.
It is against this background that illegal fuel should be discouraged as it is against the law, and deprives the State of the much-needed revenue in terms of tax, Shilunga told her audience.
She is also concerned about the safety of the public and environment as illegal fuel is not sold at fully-fledged service stations or through any form of petroleum installation.
Instead, it is sold behind closed doors and in places where fuel are kept in jerry cans or other unsafe storing containers.
Shilunga believes untested and illegal fuel takes Namibia backward.
The international community compels Namibia to move to cleaner fuel, a responsibility that we have gladly accepted by adopting only clean fuel into our country.
However, she pointed out that each country has its own laws that regulates their petroleum industries.
She further stated that illegal fuel smuggling harms the businesses of the genuine service station owners, who also provide employment opportunities to locals.
Shilunga is anticipated to hold a similar session at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Thursday afternoon.