Illegal fuel awareness campaign underway

09 Sep 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 SEP (NAMPA) – Acting Economist in the Directorate of Petroleum Affairs in the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Abednego Ekandjo, said his ministry has an ongoing awareness campaign targeting illegal fuel trade running from 05 to 12 September 2019.
In an earlier interview with this news agency, Ekandjo said the campaign which runs under the theme ‘Educating the public on Petroleum Products Act, Requirements and Safety Hazards Associated with Petroleum Storage and Handling’. It aims to create awareness about the illegal fuel trade in Namibia and its negative economic and environmental impact, amongst others.
Ekandjo said fuel is normally smuggled into Namibia from Angola and traded illegally in areas such as the border town of Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region, as well as in Oshana and Omusati regions, and to a lesser extend in the two Kavango regions.
“So far about 90 thousand litres of smuggled fuel has been confiscated this year,” he said.
Ekandjo warned that fuel is a dangerous good and must only be imported into Namibia, stored and distributed when those involved have met certain conditions such as operating a registered and licensed fuel wholesale or retail business.
“The obvious solution to this is the close collaboration with all relevant players if Namibia is to root out such a trend,” he said.
Public Information Sessions took place in the towns of Omaruru and Khorixas between 05 and 06 September 2019, while on 12 September 2019, the sessions will be in Opuwo.
Meanwhile, the consultative session with the Service Station Operators in Kunene Region will also take place on 12 September 2019.
Speaking to Nampa in a separate interview recently, Chief Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Finance, Tonateni Shidhudhu told this agency that illegal fuel trade affects the national economy, hence the need for close collaboration among all stakeholders.