One of the leading petroleum vendors in Liberia, National Petroleum Liberia Limited (NP), on Saturday, September 10, 2015 inaugurated one of its multi – purpose filling in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.
The filling station marked the third modern filling station to be built in Ganta this post war period by companies importing petroleum products to Liberia.
In an overview of NP operations in Liberia, the Managing Director Mohamed S. Kanu said the beginning of his company’s business in Liberia was very humble, taking them through some sleepless nights, sleeping on the floor for several months before reaching to this stage.
NP, which is originally a Sierra Leone based company, has several filling stations strategically located in and around Monrovia, as well as other cities such as Kakata, Buchanan and now Ganta.
Kanu explained that people of Liberia and Sierra Leone share a common goal and culture, therefore the presence of NP in Liberia is the same as it is in Sierra Leone, from where it came.
“We believed in downstream investment; employed the locals, paid municipal tax as well as real estate tax and the revenue,” he said.
Mr. Kanu also noted that the service at the filling station is not restricted to serving gasoline, fuel and other lubricants, but the station will also sell type of stove that uses gas.
He said the stove will help curtail environmental degradation, especially the use of charcoal, because it is very economical and refilling process will be done here in Liberia.
“This stove will stop you from using coal and stop you from cutting down sticks for coal, let’s save the environment for the future generation,” he said.
The management also introduced an engine oil known as “Castrol”, which he said is highly protective and gives an engine a good performance.
The filling station also contains a shop that sells assorted goods including food, snacks, body lotion, lubricants, drinks, and many other items to afford commuters their basic needs whenever in transit.
The program was attended by scores of local and national government officials, business people from Ganta as well other dignitaries including Mr. Francis A. Dennis, former president of LBDI and now Board Chair of NP.
Hon. Jackson F. Doe Jr., Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), praised NP for the extending services to the interior parts of the country, where the citizens will find it easy to have access to petroleum products.
He said NP is one of petroleum importing companies that is really compliant with all regulations from LPRC and the government at large.
However, the Management of NP Liberia Ltd is embarking on expanding services to neighboring Guinea and the Ivory Coast, while reaching other parts of Liberia as soon as possible.
“As we speak, our station in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County is expected to be opened to the public soon,” said Joshua G. Karngar Administrative Officer, NP.
Ganta has several multi – purpose filling station, including Total, Aminata, Super Petroleum (SP) and now NP, but only the NP has introduced the cooking stoves and refilling of other gas containers.