Mr Essien Esema, the Chairman, Akwa Ibom Petroleum Monitoring Committee, said the state had obtained Federal Government licence to construct an international jetty to aid haulage of petroleum products.
Esema disclosed this while interacting with newsmen in Uyo on Monday, saying that the development would help to resolve the incessant fuel scarcity in the state.
He said “the Federal Government has given Akwa Ibom licence to construct an international jetty in Ikot Abasi; that is a major milestone and breakthrough for the state.
“You need an international jetty first of all to get vessels to come and berth ferries conveying petroleum products in the state.
“We never had one in the state before, but Gov. Udom Emmanuel has secured licence for us to have an international jetty now.
Eseme, who is also the Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Emmanuel, said plans were on to build three refineries in the state in order to solve the perennial fuel scarcity.
The special adviser frowned at illegal refineries in the state and urged concerned persons to regularise their operations with the government.
He also called on oil marketers to get permit or the licence to operate before they start the business and appealed to youths in the Niger Delta to stop vandalism of oil pipelines.
Eseme said the state government had opened discussion with the management of Amakpe Group of Company toward ensuring that it keyed into the industrialisation agenda of Gov. Emmanuel’s administration.
He noted that government would clamp down on filling stations that sell fuel above government approved pump price of N86.50 per litre.
He said that the committee had commenced intensive monitoring of filling stations to prevent under dispensing and high pricing of products.