Over the weekend, National Petroleum (NP) dedicated a modern and multipurpose filling station in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, to the delight of locals who say they have long awaited a day to see fairness in the prices of petroleum products in the southeast.
The dedication ceremony, which took place on Saturday, February 25, was witnessed by hundreds of excited locals.
Speaking at the ceremony, the personnel and administrative officer of NP, Joshua Kangar, who served as proxy for managing director Mohammed S. Kanu, said: “Grand Gedeans are friendly people and deserve the best, too, among the other counties where we operate. You are blessed to have us here and we too are privileged to be the first among the hundreds of filling stations in the country to come to Zwedru.”
Kangar said plans for the Grand Gedeh NP have been on the works since before the Ebola epidemic, “but afterwards, bad road conditions hindered us. Notwithstanding, NP will continue to invest in the southeast.”
Kangar encouraged citizens to take care of the facility, if they hope to see more developments from NP. Emphasizing NP’s long term vision, the MD’s proxy said “we erected a petroleum plant worth about US$4.5 million at the LPRC facility in Gardnersville and are currently constructing a US$2.5 million head office in Monrovia. We want to strongly assure the people of this county that we’re here to stay and hoping to extend our mission in neighboring counties of the southeastern region.”
For his part, the new LBDI vice president and branch manager, Aaron Kollie, praised NP and expressed hope that their presence in the county will be appreciated by Grand Gedeans and the entire southeastern region.
Also speaking, the acting Mayor of Zwedru, George Yah, said he is overwhelmed “to see this beautiful development in the county. NP is ready for business and their arrival is very timely as we are close to the rainy season, when the road condition will be terrible again.”
Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Peter L. Solo, who cut the ribbon to officially declare the NP filling station open for business, said he was excited about the new development in the county, and praised NP for choosing Zwedru as one of their operational areas.
He said residents of the county faced tough times every rainy season due to poor road connectivity that left petroleum and basic commodity suppliers with no option but to inflate their prices due to the high cost of transporting goods and services.
Supt. Solo, however, pledged his continued support to NP, which he called a relief to citizens living in remote villages and towns of the county, most especially the CVI gold mining belt.
Meanwhile, Hon. Solo cautioned NP that it will soon have some competition, as a TOTAL filling station is set to open in the county, which he said should not be a deterrent.