Hanga Road gas station gives free fuel to biker riders, drivers
Sierra Leone-Kenema: Albeit, the recent increase in fuel pump price, the National Petroleum gas station on Hanga Road in Kenema, Sierra Leone’s Eastern District headquarter town, has provided free fuel to commercial motorcycles and cars.
On Saturday, 14th August, the newly opened fuel station was teeming with bikes and automobiles drivers anxious to receive their share of the proprietor, Hassan Sow’s, 400-litre free offer.
According to Hassan Sow, “this is a gesture, we usually give, it is something to motivate them to gain their trust and confidence to patronize the business…”
“Our plan of getting branches all over the country. We already have two in Freetown; this is the first in the provinces, we intend to extend to Bo and Makeni” as part of the short term goal.
“I would want to encourage every Sierra Leonean to patronize NP because NP is our own, and it is incumbent on us as Sierra Leoneans to see that local companies flourish by patronizing them by purchasing their products…” he said.
Mohamed Koroma, Chairman of the Commercial Bike Riders Union, stated that providing free fuel to commercial bike riders is a commendable gesture. However, he emphasized that they have experienced numerous difficulties in obtaining fuel, particularly during times of crisis, but he is hopeful that the new NP fuel station on Hanga Road would certainly resolve those challenges that emerge during times of regional fuel shortages.
Esther N. Kaisamba, Deputy Mayor of Kenema City Council, asserted that with the commissioning of the new fuel station at Hanga Road, fuel shortages will be a thing of the past.
Chief Executive Officer of National Petroleum Sierra Leone Limited (NP SL-Ltd), Kobi Walker said the oil and gas company is committed to optimizing customer care delivery, which is why they are commissioning another fuel station in Kenema to ensure residents of Kenema District have easy access to petroleum products.
He further explained that NP is doing extremely well in the import and marketing of petroleum commodities such as fuel, diesel, gas, and lubricants, the most often used of which is Castrol, for use by its many and cherished clients around the country.
Also adding that the new filling station in Kenema will not only provide residents with gasoline at all times, but will also offer jobs for certain locals. He complimented Hassan Sow for believing in the NP purpose and vision, noting that these were the motivating drivers that led to the collaboration.
Victor Sawyer, Director of Petroleum Regulatory Agency, urged NP-SL to expand its activities to other impoverished regions of Sierra Leone in order to maintain its outstanding job in terms of effective national service delivery.
ASP Bilkisu Kamara of the Sierra Leone Police Force said that such an investment is not only necessary but also timely for the people of Kenema.
He added that since the filling station’s construction, adequate security has been provided to guarantee that everything is in functioning condition and that protocols and regulations are followed. OG/17/08/2021